Tackling women’s pro footballJennifer Carter’s research on women’s professional football is so hard-hitting that it left her bruised and nursing a torn hamstring. Carter, a graduate student in sociology at the University of Cincinnati, started observing the inner workings of a team in the Women’s Football Alliance from the sidelines during the 2011 season. Her goal: to figure out how women train for and protect themselves against the brutal physical contact of a sport associated, perhaps more than any other, with men.
With encouragement from the team’s players, Carter (shown below) suited up as a defensive back for the Cincinnati Sizzle. At the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association last August, she presented her initial results.
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