by Kiara Sams
Why do we have gender separation in sports? Many would answer like this> “In contest involving strength, speed, and reactive ability women are nowhere near as good as men.”- Rod Liddle. But is that true? Is this the excuse we make to compensate for the lack of integration?
A 2010 study in The Journal of Sport Science and Medicine which recorded the year by year development in world records and top 10 performances across 82 different sports, deemed that “women are not as fast nor as strong as men.” There are many genetic and hormonal aspects that contribute to the capability of both men and women. The data collected showed that on average men surpass the women by a 10 percent gap. Women typically do best in comparison to men in aerobic stamina, and long distance running according to Andy Lane, a sports psychologist at the University of Wolverhampton.
However, that point seems to contradict a more intriguing one. Historical data shows that women are catching up with men. Over the last century women’s times have been increasing more than men’s, primarily because women have had access to innovations for athletes. Exposure to training and equipment has made an evolution for female athletes. But the data also shows that this progression has begin to falter, from 1983 and forward the gender gap began to balance. Women’s records started to constantly come to an approximate 90 percent of men’s record. It is not quite certain if women’s time will once again continue to increase, but it is a possibility. The idealistic values of sports in social society, historically, is gradual for a woman. Women gradually were allowed access, to become better, and to obtain certain privileges that made them better athletes. Sports science and technology are more likely to close the gender gap, currently top notch training is becoming more esteemed to enhance the abilities of the athlete, specific to an individual in high regards to women. That fits for more aggressive and contentious sports, to better train them.
Beyond the limits of women is their strengths. Many assume that physical aspects of a player is the the most vital asset in a team. It´s not. Think about soccer. Soccer requires tactical understanding, logic, cooperation and teamwork. Women show an abundance of mutual understanding to this reasoning and excel in its predicament “The women [I’ve worked with] consistently demonstrate passion, enthusiasm and an immense capacity to serve and be served by others. I’ve observed women make bold and wise decisions as leaders while relying on others to be part of their team. The environment is less authoritarian and more cooperative and family-like, but with solid leadership.” – Katharine M. Nohr, principal, Nohr Sports Risk Management. Nonetheless are underrated for it.“When girls like football, I think it’s OK. But I think that the level of women’s football is too low to take it seriously,” said Andrey Arshavin, professional soccer player
With a team with men and women, strengths and weaknesses would compensate for each other immensely.
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