June 2015
HS Gender Participation Gaps Persist

Massive gender gaps in participation still plague high school sports, as evidenced by recently analyzed data. As reported by The Washington Post, The National Women's Law Center found that, from a pool of 16,000 high schools, over 4,000 had more than a 10 percent gap between the proportion of girls at the school and the proportion of openings for them on sports teams.

“Girls across the country are still not getting equal chances to play sports and that’s a big problem,” said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. “We want to make sure that girls get a fair shot.”

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June 2015
High School Girls at Greater Risk for Overuse Injuries

A study completed by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that high school girls are at a much higher risk for overuse injuries in sports than their male counterparts. Three thousand participants were analyzed in the study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The study took place over a seven-year period and looked at athletes in 20 different high school sports. Researchers found the most overuse injuries occurred in girls' track, followed by girls' field hockey and girls' lacrosse. Overuse injuries in boys were highest in swimming and diving. Read more here

June 2015
NFHS Offers Free Cardiac Arrest Course

The National Federation of State High School Associations has added a new course to its selection of online education courses available through the NFHS Learning Center at www.nfhslearn.com.  “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” was developed in conjunction with Simon’s Fund, which raises awareness about the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in young athletes. 

“The NFHS is pleased to partner with Simon's Fund to provide this free online course,” said Dan Schuster, director of coach education at NFHS. “This is critically important information that can save a life and ultimately create a safer environment for students.”

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June 2015
HS Athletes Have Better Careers

High school athletes have better professional careers, according to a new study. The study concluded that former student athletes have greater leadership, self-confidence and self-respect. Past research has shown that student-athletes earn more than non-athletes throughout their careers, but this study offers more of an explanation for why that may be.

June 2015
Athletes Overestimate Chances of Professional Career

Athletes at all levels have dreams of becoming professionals at their specific sports. The realities of making those dreams come true are pretty slim, however. Even for those who have been able to make it at the highest level of college athletics - the next step is a big one

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