I coach at one Gym where some of the teen gymnasts are training — but still deciding whether or not to compete this season.
That’s working well. They are less worried about getting routines ready in time. Having more fun. And are more consistently motivated day-to-day.
Teenage girls should place a lower priority on competition. A higher priority on FUN and FITNESS.
According to Gatorade’s recent “Girls In Sports” study, girls are dropping out of sports at 1.5x the rate that boys do by age 14. By age 17, more than half of girls will quit playing sports altogether.
Refinery29 partnered with Gatorade for its #SistersInSweat movement, in hopes of figuring out why this is happening. Over the course of two weeks in August 2017, we polled 1,000 teenage girls in the United States between the ages of 13 and 18 to find out their reasons for giving up on something that has been proven to make them happier, healthier, and more confident throughout the rest of their lives. …
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