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Making the Case for Women-Specific Recreational Sports

Elaine Foster, Karen M. Appleby


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.

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women; women-only; girls; recreation sports; sports

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