A team sport is an activity in which people cooperate to play a game, with each team having a goal to achieve. Several team sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, hockey, and rugby. They involve a common pattern of play that includes periods of low-intensity activities and high-intensity running.
Team sports can increase physical activity levels and may provide mental health benefits. Studies suggest that playing team sports can lead to increased life satisfaction and lower risk-taking behavior. In addition, participation in team sports has been linked to higher academic performance, better mental health, and a greater chance of succeeding in school.
Although many studies have found that physical activity interventions have a positive impact on girls’ participation in team sports, evidence for the effectiveness of these interventions is limited. This systematic review evaluated the effectiveness of physical activity interventions that promote participation in team sport among secondary school-aged girls.
Four studies met inclusion criteria. These included quantitative data and qualitative data assessing the outcomes of the intervention. The quantitative data included the number of participants in each study and the percentage of those who participated in team sport.
Qualitative data was extracted to determine the extent to which partnership working was included in the intervention. Partnership working involves forging relationships, creating coherent pathways, and enhancing resources. It is seen as an important factor in the retention of participants in team sports.
The researchers suggested that physical activity interventions with a team-sport element could be a valuable strategy to encourage sustained participation in team sport. This may be achieved through early intervention, peer-leaders, and consultation with girls.