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1. Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image than those who do not (Hausenblas, 1998).

2. As little as 4 hours of exercise per week may reduce a teenage girl’s risk of breast cancer by up to 60% (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1994)

3. 82% of executive businesswomen played organized sports after grade school (“Girls Gain”, 2003)

4. High school girls who engage in interscholastic sports have higher odds of completing college than their non-athlete counterparts (Troutman & Dufur, 2007)

5. Sport participation reduces the risk of degenerative osteoporosis (Warrington, 2008)

6. Strength training enhances the ability to carry out daily activities for women of all ages (American College of Sports Medicine, 2000)

7. High school girls who play sports are more likely to wait longer to lose their virginity and are more likely to use contraception (Miller, et al., 1999)

8. Female athletes in college tend to graduate at a higher rate (71%) than their non-athlete female counterparts (64%) (The NCAA News, 2006)

9. Conscientiousness and openness to experience have been positively related to different exercise behaviors (Courneya, et al. 2002)

10. Adolescent females show a reduced suicide risk if they perceive physical activity as an important determinant of health, and as a beneficial coping mechanism during times of stress (Tomori & Zalar, 2000)

11. Females who participate in sport programs report positive changes of competence and self-esteem that carry over to other parts of their lives (Gill, 1986)

12. Female athletes are less likely to get into trouble at school than their non-athlete counterparts (Levin, et al., 1995)

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