Making the Case for Women-Specific Recreational Sports


  • Elaine Foster University of Idaho
  • Karen M. Appleby Idaho State University



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Many men and women participate in recreational sports; however, women often face unique constraints to participation. Because recreational sports should reflect the needs and desires of all, we believe recreational administrators must implement strategies to support women in their communities. Through this commentary, we advocate for best practices that will curtail participation barriers specific to women while, at the same time, create a supportive environment for all participants. The creation of women-specific sporting events and programs may provide a setting where women experience fewer barriers, resulting in increased participation.Subscribe to JPRA

Author Biographies

Elaine Foster, University of Idaho

Department of Movement SciencesLecturer

Karen M. Appleby, Idaho State University

Department of Human Performance and Sport Studies