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Proper Strength Training Approaches For Women
|Written by Mariya Mova|
Training girls and female athletes is not the same as training males. Most coaches use the same approaches, training techniques and periodization for both male and female athletes.
While the goals and objectives might be similar for both sexes, such as peak performance, better results, winning the game or the competition etc.; there are some differences and specific issues that we have to consider when training female athletes.
Strength and conditioning training for females is a considerably new trend and still not yet fully researched and applied, in most sports. The reasons for the low priority being given to strength and conditioning training for females are firstly the historical influence that women should not acquire strength, as this was the preserve of men. Secondly the lack of sufficient knowledge of the female physique and its capacities and the lack of female coaches to explore these limits have also been serious handicaps.
Historical Effects on Strength and Conditioning Techniques for Women
Although sport in the twenty-first century seems to be free of most discriminatory issues of the past, it is important for coaches to know more about the history of the female involvement in sport, the history of competitive performances by females, the role and social position of women in society and finally the physiological, mental and emotional differences, as compared to men.
From a historical perspective, women and men used to share separate spheres in sport and sporting events. Woman participation in sport started much later and has been questioned and undiscovered until the 1960s -70s. In this time, many more women found opportunities to participate in sport and got involved in various spheres. Incrementally, women's involvement in sports progressed from high-class social sporting events to more general involvement, under the supervision of educational institutions.
The revolution in female sport history was influenced mainly by women such as physical educators, single athletes and first female coaches. With women overcoming the challenges to their participation and involvement in sports, the woman's place in society changed and was recognized. Sport as to be an important part of everyone's life, with a focus on the joy of participation (Cohen, 2001). Women's world records in nearly all sporting events are proof that elite female athletes give excellent physical performances (Cohen, 2001). This is a complete rebuttal of arguments made in previous times, when the capacity of women to compete in sporting activities was held in serious doubt.
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