Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline

Physical Education


It is the opinion of a number of authorities - medical, educational, physical education and the like that participation in competitive sports programs of any sort by women has an injurious or adverse effect on their physiological functional.

Some students take the position, based upon research findings that participation in competitive sports by women is injurious to them physiological. Others are equally insistant that participation in competitive sports has no adverse physiological effects on women.

It appears that the argument against the participation in competitive sports by women to participate in sports have been severly limited. The arguments run (a) that the participation of women in competitive sports is socially undesirable, (b) that women are not emotionally fitted to withstand the tensions incurred in competitive sports, (c) the effects of competitive sports, particularly during the menstrual period, not only effect the woman adverse physiologically possibly for life, but also may danger the natural reason for women's existence - childbirth. Whether or not these claims are true require critical examination of the research presently available.

Since there have been many divergent ideas expressed as to women and girls participation in competitive sports, the purpose of this treatise is to analyze philosophically the data concerning competitive athletics for women and girls. The data used for this investigation was confined to the writings of authorities in the field of Physical Education and those related anatomical, physiological, sociological writings that have bearing on the topic.

Committee Chair/Advisor

John C. Mitchem


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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