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Sport practice is more than prep for play; it’s nation building!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Mariah Philips It is another dark morning, 4:30 a.m., when I force my feet out of bed and onto the cold hardwood floor. It is time for softball practice and, before that, the pre-practice heating pad that will loosen up my shoulder so I can throw and bat. It takes discipline ...

It IS March Madness: Still a Shadow Championship

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Get ready: For the next few weeks college basketball will be everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, few of the games that will be playing non-stop on screens will feature women's teams. Yes, women are playing -- just not where you will notice them. Every year, I get excited and whoop up ...

If co-ed youth sport is a Pandora’s Box, then Game On

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

By Laura Pappano Much of the modern life has evolved -- and at breakneck pace -- but too many adults in positions of power continue to enforce a maddeningly old-fashioned mindset when it comes to young female athletes and co-ed play. I was recently contacted by a mom whose third grade daughter ...

Amnesia Bowl: FSU and Winston Catch a Pass, Send Troubling Message on Campus Sexual Violence

Monday, December 30th, 2013

By Megan Wood  Bowl season is underway and, with it, a surfeit of TV football coverage leading up to the BCS Championship game on Jan. 6 between #1 ranked Florida State and #2 Auburn.  In it’s giddiness over the nation’s #1 ranking, Florida State – and the Football Industrial Complex – have ...

Sharing the Hardwood: Mixed Sex Ball Plans Excitement and Equity

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

By Mariah Philips Professional sports have long been segregated by sex, so what happens when men and women play on the same team? In a high-profile sport like professional basketball? We are about to find out. The Mixed Gender Basketball Association, MGBA, Inc., has a mission of integrating both men and women ...

Prize money problem in squash: Women’s purses still petite

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Tennis may have long ago recognized that unequal prize money sends a troubling message (and is just wrong), but that other racquet sport -- squash -- persists in offering different purses based on sex. Check out this new post from Squash Site Carte Blanche and, just for comparison, take a tour through ...

False fret: No proof female HS X-country runners can’t go .62 more

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Vanessa Wilkins “Go the extra mile -- it’s never crowded,” so the saying goes. But what about an extra .62 of a mile? For thousands of girls on high school cross country teams, racing to the finish means running a course 1,000 meters shorter than their male counterparts.  In 2012, ESPN ...

Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Start of football, soccer = Concussion Season

Friday, August 9th, 2013

By Katie Culver For many, the start of football and soccer season evokes the excitement of uniforms, new teammates, practices, and games. But doctors and parents endure another sort of anticipation: The arrival of Concussion Season. Concussions happen in athletics year round, but with the greatest frequency in football, followed by girl’s ...

New grad says “Lean In” lessons come with playing ball

Friday, June 21st, 2013

By Ashleigh Sargent Of course we’re all talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. There’s the public conversation about the gender gap in leadership in the U.S. (and controversy about some messages in Lean In) but as a recent college graduate and a female ...