Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Sports participation to enhance girls self esteem
Author(s): Jayabharathi A
Abstract: Sport is widely regarded as a social good – something that contributes to both the health and social capital of young people. In recent years, sport and physical activity as a strategy for the empowerment of girls and women has been gaining recognition worldwide. Sport and physical activity have not yet been used on a large scale as a strategy within women’s movements. Women's increased involvement in sports can promote positive development in sport by providing alter¬native norms, values, attitudes, know¬ledge, capabilities and experiences. Many researches show that girls sports participation helps them to develop self-esteem and make them to be psychologically fit in all the aspects. Women in India are still unable to take a stand for themselves. A society, which does not allow a girl to do something simple as primary education, is unlikely to let her participate in sport without any hurdle. It is possible only with the co-operation and motivation of the family, proper guidance and facilities from the educational institutions, encouragement from the Government and sports authorities and mainly psychological readiness of the girls.