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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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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Contents

Now That Shes Playing Keeping It Positive
30
Coaching the Coaches Making Sure She Gets Whats Right for Her
49
Parenting When Mom and Dad Need Guidance
75
Effective Training How to Help Her Get the Most Out of Practice
101
Mind Games Improving Performance as She Advances
141
Crunch Time How to Help Her to Do Her Best When It Counts
182
Her Changing Body Her Changing Self The Spectrum of EatingRelated Problems
208
Serious Issues The Dark Side of Sports Participation
238
Conclusion
268
Appendix A
272
Appendix B
276
Appendix C
278
Appendix D
279
Appendix E
281
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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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