Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes

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Macmillan, Oct 5, 2001 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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A Reviving Ophelia for soccer moms: Games Girls Play gives parents advice for encouraging their daughters to participate in sports and making sure their experiences as athletes are empowering. Sports psychologist and former nationally ranked figure skater Caroline Silby teaches parents how to find the right sport for their young daughters and helps them tackle hurdles that affect older atletes. Using real-life examples, Silby prepares parents for the obstacles that female athletes face and offers solutions for handling everything from the stresses of competition, to motivation problems, to self-esteem issues, to difficult coaches, to eating disorders, to sexual harassment.


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GAMES GIRLS PLAY: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes

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Sports psychologist Silby presents a comprehensive guidebook for parents of female athletes. Silby's thesis is simple and valuable. She believes that at any level of competition or rate of success ... Read full review

Games girls play: understanding and guiding young female athletes

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Practicing sports psychologist Silby, who serves on the United States Olympic Committee, and ESPN journalist Smith direct this book toward the parents of teenage girls who, although sharing many ... Read full review

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Now That Shes Playing Keeping It Positive
Coaching the Coaches Making Sure She Gets Whats Right for Her
Parenting When Mom and Dad Need Guidance
Effective Training How to Help Her Get the Most Out of Practice
Mind Games Improving Performance as She Advances
Crunch Time How to Help Her to Do Her Best When It Counts
Her Changing Body Her Changing Self The Spectrum of EatingRelated Problems
Serious Issues The Dark Side of Sports Participation
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E

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Caroline Silby, Ph.D., M.Ed., holds a doctorate and master's degree in sports psychology. She specializes in performance enhancement with adolescent athletes and has worked with Olympic champions in gymnastics and figure skating. She serves on the United States Olympic Committee and with the United States Figure Skating Association. She consults and teaches at the University of Delaware and the University of Virginia. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Shelley Smith is an award-winning journalist and formerly a contributor to Sports Illustrated. She now covers a range of subjects for ESPN, including the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA Final Four. She lives in San Pedro, California with her daughter.

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