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The athletic woman's sourcebook : how to stay healthy and competitive in any sport
Graham, Janis.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Avon Books, 1999.
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xii, 339 pages ; 21 cm
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GV709 .G63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Fitness is a top priority for women athletes and The Athletic Woman's Sourcebook provides the practical answers and advice every female athlete is looking for throughout her lifetime. With essential information on everything from exercise and diet to sports bras, including handling menstrual and urinary problems, pregnancy, aging, and sports injuries.

You'll find the answers you need on:

Coping with PMS and cramps skipped periods birth control hidden cycle changes stess incontinence seven rules of everyday eating eating before and after competition the lowdown on sports drinks, energy bars, and gels fixing over-exercised hair solutions to sports-related skin problems foot problems the right shoes and socks sports injuries sports clothing exercised-induced asthma mental skills and mind games to help you win over training safety guidelines for activity during pregnancy pregnancy exercised postpartum workouts breastfeeding and exercise the impact of age on fitness the active menopause hormone therapy bolstering you bones and much, much more.

Table of Contents

Lisa R. Callahan, M.D.
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part 1 Your Active Health
1 Your Menstrual Cyclep. 3
Monthly Cramps and Other Painsp. 4
Coping with Severe PMS Symptomsp. 12
Does Your Period Affect Your Performance?p. 13
Why the Pill Makes Sense for Some Athletesp. 17
Beyond the Pillp. 20
When You Skip Periods or They Stop Altogetherp. 26
The Hidden Menstrual Cycle Changep. 30
Other Gynecological Woesp. 31
Special Focus: The Four Phases of Your Menstrual Cyclep. 38
2 Your Dietp. 40
An Athlete's Guide to Everyday Eating--Seven Rulesp. 42
The Vegetarian Athletep. 56
What to Eat and Drink Before and During Competitionp. 58
What to Drink and Eat After Competitionp. 66
How to Prevent Exercise-Induced Diarrheap. 68
Your Morning Cup of Coffee and Other Ergogenic Aidsp. 69
Is Your Eating Disordered?p. 73
Special Focus: Eating Disorders Resource Guidep. 77
3 Your Skin, Hair, Feet ...p. 80
Fixing Overexercised Hairp. 81
Face and Body Skin Troublesp. 83
Common Foot Problemsp. 97
How to Choose the Right Sport Shoes and Socksp. 108
Other Common Sports Injuries Among Women (and How to Avoid Them)p. 113
What to Do When It Hurtsp. 118
How to Choose a Sports Brap. 119
What Fabrics to Put Next to Your Skinp. 122
Special Focus: Exercise-Induced Asthmap. 125
4 Your Mind And Emotionsp. 127
The Mental Skills of Successful Athletes: A Checklistp. 128
Knowing How Much Is Too Much: How to Recognize and Avoid Overtrainingp. 145
Emotional Healing: Coping with Injuriesp. 149
Special Focus: Make Your Goals Real by Writing Them Downp. 154
5 Your Pregnancyp. 156
Is It Risky to Exercise When You Are Expecting?p. 158
The Rulesp. 161
The Realitiesp. 165
The Rewards of Keeping Active During Your Pregnancyp. 167
Sports Fit--and Not Fit--for Twop. 171
Your Postpartum Workoutsp. 175
Breast-feeding and Exercise Do Mixp. 178
Life as an Athletic Momp. 181
Special Focus: A Crucial Caveatp. 183
6 What to Expect as You Agep. 185
Athletes Age Betterp. 186
It's Not All Downhillp. 189
The Specific Impact of Age on Fitness and Performance Markersp. 191
Why You Need More Recovery Time as You Get Olderp. 197
The Active Menopausep. 198
Should I Take Hormones?p. 200
Look Forward, Not Backp. 204
Special Focus: Bone Checkp. 205
Part 2 Your Sports Resource: An Alphabetized Directory of Forty Activitiesp. 207
Introductionp. 209
The Cross-Training Debatep. 211
Special Focus: What's Your Workout Missing?p. 213
Commonsense Rulesp. 214
Aerobicsp. 214
Badmintonp. 218
Basketballp. 221
Canoeing and Kayakingp. 224
Cross-Country Skiingp. 227
Cyclingp. 231
General Gymnasticsp. 236
In-Line Skatingp. 238
Racquetballp. 241
Rowingp. 244
Runningp. 248
Skatingp. 252
Skiingp. 257
Snowboardingp. 260
Snowshoeingp. 264
Soccerp. 267
Softballp. 270
Squashp. 273
Surfingp. 276
Swimmingp. 279
Tennisp. 284
Triathlonp. 287
Volleyballp. 291
Walkingp. 294
Windsurfingp. 297
Sport Shorts: Archery, Bobsledding, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Caving, Golf, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, Yogap. 300
Afterwordp. 312
Referencesp. 314
Indexp. 326