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Physical Activity Sport in the Lives of Girls Physical Activity and Sport are a large part of societies everyday life Some people take part in physical activity for many different reasons such as health benefits employment elite athletes or pure enjoyment According to the Surgeon Generals Report on Physical Activity and Health it was stated that A regular preferably daily routine of at least 30 45 minutes of brisk walking bicycling or even dancing will reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease hyper extension colon cancer and diabetes The research article Physical Activity and Sport in the Lives of Girls who was directed by The Centre for Research on Girls and Women in Sport University of Minnesota discusses many aspects that girls deal with when participating in physical activity and sports Some of these topics include physiological psychological and sociological dimensions of their lives Throughout this paper I will summarize the issues discussed in the article and contribute my own viewpoint on the topics Before directly entering the main discussions of the paper the directors thought it was necessary to give some background information This was done so information would not be misinterpreted For example it was clearly stated that girl is referring to females of 18 years of age and under adolescent female are girls between the ages of 13 18 years old and young girl is approximately 11 years old and younger They also state their definition of what they see as the Complete Girl that is the many interrelated aspects of a girls life ranging from musculoskeletal and cardiovascular functioning to psychological well-being gender identity relationships with friends and family and performance in school The Centre for Research on Girls Women in Sport 1997 This definition must be kept in mind when analyzing the material of this article because the physiological psychological and sociological means do influence the growth and development They
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