Here at Girl Fit Physical Therapy, we are all about supporting female athletes to become as strong as they can be so they can fulfill all of their dreams. Whether your dream is about winning gold at the Olympics, making the varsity team, getting yourself into shape, maximizing your performance, or trying something new, we are here to help you learn to listen to your body and learn how it can work best for you. We are female athlete specialists and a clinic committed to girl athletes of all levels. Sadly, our kind of clinic would not have been available to many girls or women 40 years ago. We wanted to take a look back at the history of female athletes and the participation of girls and women in sports.
In 1966, a young woman named Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She had to sneak in since it was a men’s only race and she was told that women were ‘not physiologically capable of running marathon distances’. Remarkably (insert sarcasm here), she was quite capable, and finished ahead of two-thirds of the runners.
In 1972, only 1 in 27 girls played high school sports, compared to 1 in 2 boys. Something big happened to help girls get more access to play sports. In 1972, the Education Amendments Act was passed…and there was a little something called Title IX.