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How much do girls like sports? A lot! Would you believe even more than texting, TV, or going to the mall?
That’s what 3,000 girls said in our recent survey about sports. Girls who like sports said they’d like to play sports more than they already do. Many girls said they play five or more sports and started playing when they were as young as 4.
They say they love sports because they like getting in great shape, getting better at their sport, and playing with friends.
Here are some of their greatest sports moments:
But what about girls who say they don’t like sports? They said that they’re not good at sports, that sports are boring, and that they haven’t tried any sports that they like.
This is key because there are tons of sports, from swimming to cheerleading to running to basketball. All are very different, so just having a bad experience on your first soccer team might not mean you don’t like sports, period. It’s kind of like saying you don’t like food because there’s one dish you tasted and didn’t like.
But the good news is that 60% — more than half of the girls who said they didn’t like sports — said they wanted to get better at sports. In other words, they were willing to try again.
Try these steps if you’re a girl who wants to give sports another try:
Think of it like this: Maybe you just haven’t found your sport yet. To encourage you along the way, here’s what girl athletes said they’d tell a friend who isn’t sure about sports.
Women’s Soccer World offers info on female soccer athletes, news, and teams near you.
This swimming site provides championship results, a swim shop, articles and current news.
This website features sports information for kids, including articles on famous athletes, games and quizzes.
This CDC website is designed for 9- to 13-year-olds and addresses health, nutrition, fitness, and stress. It also offers games for kids.
This site contains information about tournaments, the world series, and equipment.
Winning is more fun but losing happens to everyone. Find out how to handle losing – and other frustrations in sports.
Eating nutritious foods and the right drinks can help you perform better on the playing field. Learn how to eat for sports by reading this article for kids.
Sports injuries often can be prevented. Find out how in this article for kids.
Lots of girls love sports. Here are 5 more reasons to keep on loving them!
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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The Connecticut Children’s locations listed below are closed today, August 6, due to power outages:
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Danbury: 105 Newtown Road
Shelton: 2 Ivy Brooke Road