5 Reasons Why Your Teenage Daughter Should Participate In Sports
Impact of Sports Participation on Health Risk Behaviors of Teenage Females
- Reduced risk for teen pregnancy. According to the website of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, non-athletic teenage females are more than twice as likely to become pregnant than their athletic counterparts.
- Decreased use of illicit drugs. Female athletes are less likely to use cocaine, marijuana, heroin, speed, PCP, and LSD compared to teen females who do not participate in sports.
- Less likely to smoke cigarettes.
- Greater likelihood of wearing a seatbelt. According to The Women's Sports Foundation Report: Health Risks and The Teen Athlete, athletic females are 1/3 times more likely to wear seatbelts when riding in vehicles than their nonathletic counterparts.
- Reduced risk for committing suicide. This lower risk may be due, in part, to the fact that athletic females have higher levels of self-esteem than their nonathletic counterparts.
Sources for more information
The Women's Sports Foundation
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy