Links & Resources | Sports and Gender
While women’s sports are growing at a rapid pace, with more and more girls and women participating, the proliferation has also raised questions about the differences, similarities and peculiarities between male and female athletes.
Do female athletes excel in areas in which male athletes do not? Are there differences in male/female strengths, endurance, weaknesses, etc.?
One area of study is in the area of knee injuries, which seem to be more prevalent among female athletes.
UT medical student to use grant to develop mathematical model to predict ACL injuries. Link to story follows here: http://utnews.utoledo.edu/publish/Research_12/UT_medical_student_to_use_grant_to_develop_mathematical_model_to_predict_ACL_injuries.shtml
Here’s a story about ACL injuries in girls and women, and a further links to a lot of background on ACL: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/magazine/11Girls-t.html?scp=2&sq=ACL%20injuries&st=cse
The University of Toledo’s Department of Kinesiology represents a major commitment by the University to the attainment of excellence and national visibility as a premier program in the field of exercise science. Through classroom, laboratory, and field experiences students seek to understand why and how individuals engage in physical activity, how disease and disability influence human movement, and the effects of physical activity on the body.
The Kinesiology Department also offers a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. The University of Toledo offers students the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Athletic Training. This degree combines a strong science base with the athletic training specialization. The required course list for the exercise science degree with a major in athletic training is shown in the next section. The majority of our students choose this degree option.
Background on the slam dunk, if Savage Hall dunking video is used. While it is still a rare phenomenon in both NCAA and WNBA games, women are dunking. (For better or worse – some argue that dunking chips away at the purity of the women’s game, which is still based on strategy and teamwork, rather than all that showboatin’.) Georganne Wells of West Virginia was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA game in December 1984. Candace Parker in 2006 became the first woman to dunk in a women's NCAA tournament game. Lisa Leslie was the first woman to dunk in a WNBA game in 2002.