A Systematic Review of Interventions Promoting Girls’ Participation in Team Sport

Team sport

Team sports require players to perform a wide range of tasks. The most popular team sports include football and baseball. These sports often involve multiple sprints and whole body tackling. They are also good for improving hand-eye coordination. There are a number of other popular team sports, such as softball and basketball.

Team sports teach students important life skills. They can increase their self-confidence and patience, and encourage them to respect their teammates and opponents. In addition, they can boost their health and improve their life prospects. As such, participation in team sport is linked with higher grades at school and lower risk-taking behaviors. However, despite the evidence linking team sport with these benefits, there are few systematic studies to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions promoting girls’ participation in team sport.

This systematic review evaluated the impact of four physical activity interventions on secondary school-aged girls’ participation in team sport. It identified key strategies for boosting participation, and suggested future interventions, such as encouraging girls to try new sports.

Among the strategies included in the systematic review were: consulting with girls about their participation, improving partnership work, identifying healthy role models in the media, and promoting sustained participation. Some of the studies reviewed included quantitative data about the efficacy of different interventions, while others focused on qualitative data. Qualitative data could help identify reasons for the variable effects of physical activity interventions.

The review found that some interventions were more effective than others. For example, “Us Girls” was effective at recruiting participants, but not at achieving a significant increase in participation. Conversely, the sports retention study found that boys retained a higher percentage of their sport skill than girls. On the other hand, the “festival effect” was achieved through the promotion of the London 2012 Olympic Games, resulting in a high level of female participation in the sport.

Another strategy for improving participation was improving the quality of the experience. Researchers have found that physical activities are more enjoyable when played in teams, and have a positive effect on mental health. Individual sports have more options to maximize skills, but team sports offer a more fun and exciting experience.

Another way to improve the quality of the experience is to find a coach who is a good fit for your team. A coach who aligns with your team’s mission and who challenges you to do your best is a great leader. Great teams are also led by a captain who sets the tone and leads by example.

One of the most important aspects of team sport is the ability of all members to participate. Players must be quick, strong, and flexible. Their endurance must also be well developed. During a game, the distances covered vary greatly, depending on the type of team sport. Full-contact sports like rugby require whole-body tackling. High-intensity team sports such as hockey require rapid changes in direction. These changes demand energy, and a player’s pace may decrease during a game due to fatigue.