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Winning Track and Field for Girls
     

Winning Track and Field for Girls

by Ed Housewright, Kevin Martin (Photographer), Buzz Andrews (Foreword by)
 

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Today nearly half a million high school females take part in track-and-field competitions. Track and field ranks second only to basketball in number of high school-aged female participants. Winning Track and Field for Girls offers a history of the sport from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day and serves as a comprehensive guide for those who want to

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Today nearly half a million high school females take part in track-and-field competitions. Track and field ranks second only to basketball in number of high school-aged female participants. Winning Track and Field for Girls offers a history of the sport from the time of the ancient Greeks to the present day and serves as a comprehensive guide for those who want to train safely for several track-and-field events with specific workouts and techniques. Chapters focus on events such as the high jump, shot put, and hurdles, as well as several distance and sprinting races. Winning Track and Field for Girls is a great resource for young women who participate in track and field and for the parents and coaches who support and train them.

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VOYA
These titles join other "Winning Sports for Girls" series books on lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, softball, volleyball, and weight training. Nicely filling a gap in young adult nonfiction, these books focus on specific games from a girl's perspective. Each title gives a history of the sport, and then breaks it down into its essential elements. In Winning Track and Field for Girls, Housewright thoroughly covers all of the sport's events, such as sprints and hurdles, and includes technique tips, drills and exercises, and sample workouts. Chapters dedicated to mental preparation and nutrition, stretches, and weight lifting round out the book. Similarly Winning Tennis for Girls breaks the sport down into its basic components such as footwork, types of grips, forehand and backhand strokes, serving, and volleying. Strategies for playing singles and doubles are included, as are tips for injury prevention, conditioning, and nutrition. Both titles contain several black-and-white photographs, giving readers a clearer understanding of the proper positions and techniques described in the narrative. In addition, both books focus on the psychology of competition and emphasize the importance of mental preparation and good sportsmanship. For example, Porter discusses the challenges one faces when playing with a partner during a doubles tennis match and reminds readers that, "Doubles is a team sport . . . the scoreboard does not reflect which of you is the stronger player, only how many points and games you have won together." Finally both titles contain a list of associations and Web sites to help young athletes learn more. This series contains quality guides forany young woman interested in either getting started or improving at her chosen sport. The content is well balanced, presenting the technical aspects of each sport along with advice promoting healthy attitudes, nutrition, and self-esteem. Although necessarily technical at times, the books are written in such a reader-friendly manner that novices will not be turned off and more experienced athletes will still find useful information to help them improve. Girls who choose these recommended guides should benefit from the helpful advice and encouragement contained in them. (Winning Sports for Girls).. VOYA Codes 3Q 2P M J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Facts on File, 188p.; Index. Photos. Further Reading. Ages 11 to 18.
—Valerie Ott
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These refreshing looks at girls in sports are detailed yet easy to read. Housewright starts with a good history of women's track. The chapters are then divided into topics such as sprints, hurdles, middle and long distances, relays, jumping events, throwing events, the heptathlon, cross-country, and the triathlon. Each of these chapters then goes into detail about the individual event and concludes with a section about record holders. Helpful drills and sample workouts are also provided. The last two chapters deal with mental preparation and nutrition, stretches, and weight lifting. Black-and-white photographs vary in quality; some are quite small and grainy. Quotes from famous women athletes add interest. Porter discusses the basics of weight training and safety in the weight room. The book is then broken down into sport-specific programs: basketball, softball, field hockey, and volleyball. The chapter on exercises has black-and-white photographs demonstrating the different routines. Safety and proper technique are stressed throughout. Good resources for girls interested in pursuing sports.-Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816052325
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Series:
Winning Sports for Girls Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.06(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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