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Games girls play : understanding and guiding young female athletes
Silby, Caroline.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

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xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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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.

Author Notes

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 lives in Washington, D.C., where she has an active national practice
Shelley Smith is an award-winning journalist who covers a wide range of subjects for ESPN. She lives in San Pedro, California, with her daughter

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Silby, a sports psychologist, and Smith, a journalist and reporter for ESPN, approach all the issues of youth sports participation from the perspective of the female athlete. Some issues are the same as those for male athletes: parents need to support, not pressure; parents should be aware of who's coaching and his/her qualifications; and sports should be part of a well-balanced set of activities. There are some issues unique to young female athletes, such as delayed onset of menstruation and increased vulnerability to eating disorders. The authors also provide a number of techniques for improving performance, such as getting positive feedback and developing focus. There are numerous books directed at parents of young athletes, and although this covers familiar topics, the emphasis on female athletic issues makes it a solid addition to most collections. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. First Things First: Getting Her Startedp. 15
2. Now That She's Playing: Keeping It Positivep. 31
3. Coaching the Coaches: Making Sure She Gets What's Right for Herp. 50
4. Parenting: When Mom and Dad Need Guidancep. 76
5. Effective Training: How to Help Her Get the Most Out of Practicep. 102
6. Mind Games: Improving Performance as She Advancesp. 142
7. Crunch Time: How to Help Her to Do Her Best When It Countsp. 183
8. Her Changing Body, Her Changing Self: The Spectrum of Eating-Related Problemsp. 209
9. Serious Issues: The Dark Side of Sports Participationp. 239
10. Conclusionp. 269
Appendix Ap. 273
Appendix Bp. 277
Appendix Cp. 279
Appendix Dp. 280
Appendix Ep. 282
End Notesp. 285