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Gender in Sports

The role of gender in the relationship between physical activity, appearance evaluation and psychological distress

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This article is an excellent example of why it is important for our children and young teens to be involved in some sort of activity or sport. Since physical activities are proven to lower stress levels, distress, and is shown to create positive... more »This article is an excellent example of why it is important for our children and young teens to be involved in some sort of activity or sport. Since physical activities are proven to lower stress levels, distress, and is shown to create positive feelings and personal satisfaction in both boys and girls, being apart of a team also teaches leadership, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. 11-24-2014 11:11am

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I enjoy reading about the positive effects of sports or physical activity on mental health. As someone who used to work in performing arts, as well, I am well acquainted with the pressures (especially on young girls) to be thin, and I was pleased... more »I enjoy reading about the positive effects of sports or physical activity on mental health. As someone who used to work in performing arts, as well, I am well acquainted with the pressures (especially on young girls) to be thin, and I was pleased to see that physical activity seems to help alleviate some of these perceived pressures.However, I wonder if the kind of sports or physical activity also plays a role. When I was swimming or playing soccer, I don't ever remember thinking too much about my appearance, or how I compared to the other girls,  but when I was doing gymnastics or dance, it seemed like you couldn't get away from the comparisons. I still loved doing gymnastics and dance, but I think that if I hadn't had other sports to compete in and keep me somewhat grounded, it would have been easy to get caught up in the comparison game, and I'm not sure what effect that would have had on my self-confidence as I was growing up. 11-30-2014 10:22pm

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    Added to this shelf by: wendy alfar, on 11-24-2014 11:11am

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