A Systematic Review of Team Sport Interventions for Girls

Team sport

Team sport refers to any type of sport that requires a group of people to work together and achieve a common goal. This includes games such as basketball, football, baseball, and soccer. People who enjoy participating in team sports often find it a great way to stay active. In addition, it can help them develop social skills that they can use in their lives.

In general, team sports are more complex and require a larger number of participants than other types of physical activity. This means that it’s important to get the proper training to play them properly. This can be done by working with a professional coach who is familiar with the rules of each game. A coach can also provide tips and tricks to help the player improve their game.

One of the most popular team sports is Ultimate Frisbee, which is played on a large field with two teams facing each other. Players must attempt to get the disc into their opponents endzones to score points. The game is played by men and women and it’s a non-contact sport.

A key characteristic of team sport that sets it apart from other conventional groups is the presence of clear standards of effort and performance that are expected by all members of a team. These include attending practice sessions, following coaches’ instructions, and putting forth maximum effort during competitions in pursuit of victory. These expectations help establish a sense of team identity and cohesion among members.

Moreover, being on a sports team helps children learn the value of commitment and hard work. They also gain an appreciation for the payoff that comes from setting and achieving goals. Lastly, being on a sports team teaches kids how to handle loss and defeat. This is an important life lesson that will serve them well throughout their lifetime.

Participation in team sport has been linked with a wide range of positive outcomes, including improved mental health, higher grades at school, greater life satisfaction, and lower risk-taking behaviours such as substance abuse. However, there is a considerable gap in the literature on interventions that promote the participation of girls in team sport. This systematic review aims to examine the evidence on the impact of these interventions. It was limited to studies that evaluated interventions aimed at secondary school-aged girls (11-18 years). The search for articles was conducted in the Medline, Scopus and PsycINFO databases. Studies were screened by title and abstract, and where the criteria was met the full manuscript was examined. The results of the systematic review suggest that the interventions aimed at secondary school-aged girls who participated in team sport had a moderate effect on improving their overall level of physical activity. Nevertheless, further research is needed to assess the effectiveness of these interventions in different contexts and settings. Further, it is important to consider the effect of gender and other contextual factors that may influence girls’ participation in team sport.

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