Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes

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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 ...

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Overview

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 sports issues with boys, also have specific concerns, such as decreasing assertiveness and ambivalence over physical maturation. Silby discusses many topics (e.g., What if a coach plays favorites? ) and portrays many of her case studies, complete with dialog. The authors devote much attention to helping the young female athlete differentiate between what can and can t be controlled and provide mental exercises (e.g., self-talk, reframing, and imagery) to help her performance. Though somewhat academic in tone, the book provides advice that will help parents and girls benefit from sports in the ways espoused by Jean Zimmerman and Gil Reavill s Raising Our Athletic Daughters (LJ 11/1/98). A good addition for large public libraries. Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312261634
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Silby, Ph.D. is a noted sports psychologist and former member of the U.S. International and National Figure Skating Teams. 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 Alexandria, Virginia.

Shelley Smith is an award-winning journalist and co-authored Just Give Me the Damn Ball with Keyshawn Johnson. 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. First Things First: Getting Her Started 15
2. Now That She's Playing: Keeping It Positive 31
3. Coaching the Coaches: Making Sure She Gets What's Right for Her 50
4. Parenting: When Mom and Dad Need Guidance 76
5. Effective Training: How to Help Her Get the Most Out of Practice 102
6. Mind Games: Improving Performance as She Advances 142
7. Crunch Time: How to Help Her to Do Her Best When It Counts 183
8. Her Changing Body, Her Changing Self: The Spectrum of Eating-Related Problems 209
9. Serious Issues: The Dark Side of Sports Participation 239
10. Conclusion 269
Appendix A 273
Appendix B 277
Appendix C 279
Appendix D 280
Appendix E 282
End Notes 285
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2000

    Sports as Life

    In an Olympic Year girls will watch the Games and be inspired by what they see. A new wave of hopefuls will hit the gyms, pools, tracks, barns, ice,and slopes. Every parent must begin this quest by purchasing this book. Read it and read it again. It's all obvious after the fact but start out with the wisdom gleaned from those who have gone before. In the Tiger Woods era we see the competition gets tougher, the stakes can be higher and the mental aspects of sports performance has tremendous value. Sports and life should go hand in hand and Dr Silby's effort to merge the two is commendable. I wish we'd had it when we started out a decade ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    Advance Praise for Games Girls Play

    'The heart of Games Girls Play is Silby's healthy attitude toward sports and the wellness of young women. Silby recognizes that while 'throwing like a girl' is no longer an insult, female athletics comes with it's own set of unique challenges-and her study is a valuable attempt to rise to the challenge.' ---Kirkus Reviews---

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