With the Boston Marathon taking place on Monday, it was just a few decades ago that Kathrine Switzer was kicked out of the race by officials for being female.
Women are rising to the top to break down barriers of extreme and traditional sports. Women are embracing unconventional challenges and showing that they not only have what it takes to compete but are changing laws, expanding new opportunities and are developing healthy self-images. From High Intensity Interval training such as Cross Fit to participating in Tough Mudder races, women are now more than ever seeking experiences that defy the ordinary.
For many sports are a healthy and gratifying pursuit. Sports can offer psychological stimulation, strategy, exertion and team work. Stronger, healthier lifestyles and pursuits of happiness are hot topics for everyone today.
A report published in 2012, there were nearly 200,000 athletes participating in NCAA sports—an all time high. On average, colleges have 8.7 women’s teams.
However, studies show female athletes are more likely to sustain certain injuries over their male counterparts, according to Harvard Medical. Knee and ACL problems are more prominent among female athletes along with shoulder injuries, eating disorders and women’s bone mass changes due to hormones as they age can cause stress fractures.