Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports

Warrior Girls Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women s Sports Amy Steadman was destined to become one of the great women s soccer players of her generation The best of the best Parade magazine called her as she left high school and headed off to the University

  • Title: Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports
  • Author: Michael Sokolove
  • ISBN: 9780743297554
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Amy Steadman was destined to become one of the great women s soccer players of her generation The best of the best, Parade magazine called her as she left high school and headed off to the University of North Carolina Instead, by age twenty, Amy had undergone five surgeries on her right knee She had to give up the sport she loved She walked with a stiff gait, like anAmy Steadman was destined to become one of the great women s soccer players of her generation The best of the best, Parade magazine called her as she left high school and headed off to the University of North Carolina Instead, by age twenty, Amy had undergone five surgeries on her right knee She had to give up the sport she loved She walked with a stiff gait, like an elderly woman, and found it painful to get out of bed in the morning Warrior Girls exposes the downside of the women s sports revolution that has evolved since Title IX an injury epidemic that is easily ignored because we worry that it will threaten our daughters hard won opportunities on the field From teenage girls playing local soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, and other sports to women competing at the elite level, female athletes are suffering serious injuries at alarming rates The numbers are frightening and irrefutable Young female athletes tear their ACLs, the stabilizing ligament in the knee, at rates as high as eight times greater than their male counterparts Women s collegiate soccer players suffer concussions at the same rate as college football players From head to toe, female athletes suffer higher rates of injury, and many of them play through constant pain Michael Sokolove gives us the most up to date research on girls and sports injuries He takes us into the homes and hearts of female athletes, into operating theaters where orthopedic surgeons reconstruct shredded knees, and onto the practice field of famed University of North Carolina soccer coach Anson Dorrance Exhaustively researched and strongly argued, Warrior Girls is an urgent wake up call for parents and coaches Sokolove connects the culture of youth sports the demands for girls to specialize in a single sport by age ten or younger, and to play it year round directly to the injury epidemic Devoted to the ideal of team, and deeply bonded with teammates, these tough girls don t want to leave the field even when confronted with serious injury and chronic pain Warrior Girls shows how girls can train better and smarter to decrease their risks It makes clear that parents must come together and demand changes to a sports culture that manufactures injuries Well documented, opinionated, and controversial, Warrior Girls shows that all girls can safeguard themselves on the field without sacrificing their hard won right to be there.

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    1. While researching roller derby drills, I was stunned by this New York Times article about the high rate of injury in girls' and women's sports. The article turned out to be a short version of Michael Sokolove's very troubling Warrior Girls. He reveals that women competing in high school and college-level sports are injured much more often than men - female soccer players, for example, experience catastrophic ACL injuries at eight times the rate of their male counterparts. Warrior Girls is a stud [...]

    2. Interesting book about the ACL injuries that are so prevalent in female sports and the athletes that have been through them.

    3. ACL injuries have really devastated women’s sports. Women are much more likely to suffer ACL injuries than are their male counterparts – particularly those women who play sports with lots of directional changes and/or collisions with other players (soccer, basketball, tennis, etc.). And now that many girls play their sports year-round, they have more opportunities to injure themselves and little time to rest. Most parents are swept up in the action and only want what’s best for their girls [...]

    4. I generally get angry at biological arguments about women in sports (well women can't do x, y, z because they are biologically programmed to be mothers blah blah blah) but I think Michael Sokolove, the father of a teenage female athlete at the time he wrote the book, does the best he can to avoid this rhetoric. Does he completely succeed? No but he does ok for a white male author. Sokolove writes out of a sense of urgency in bringing the public's attention to an epidemic of serious sports injuri [...]

    5. This was absolutely fascinating. As skeptical as I am of anything that has a blurb from Dr. Oz, I thought this was well researched and well argued.I picked this book up because I was reading about concussions in sports, and it's really not about that at all--one very short section about concussions--it's mostly about ACL ruptures. I really got some good takeaways as a parent. Now, let me be clear--the genetic chances of my son (now 6) getting seriously involved in sports are pretty slim. What I [...]

    6. Even though I'm neither an athlete nor a parent, the writing style is engrossing enough that I stayed up Too Late to read more of this book. And it is fascinating, even though I found the girls' dedication to sports (mostly soccer) completely alien. I have never had that. And they're ruining themselves for it. Fascinating.

    7. Persuasive, impassioned plea for athletes, parents, and coaches to reexamine competitive sports culture as it shapes the careers and physical and emotional health of young women athletes. The research is broad and informative, and I especially liked the personal interviews with athletes, parents, coaches, trainers, and orthopedic surgeons. Amy Steadman's story was the most moving and heartbreaking, and beautifully told. Perhaps the psychological and emotional element of why girls push themselves [...]

    8. well-researched deep dive into the pandemic of injuries in girls/women's sports, with some focus on concussions but particular emphasis on knee injuries, ACL tears in particular. He got some great interviews with coaches and with athletes who have had multiple ACL tears, incl. one who played college soccer at a high level but is now more or less disabled and in chronic pain at age 26.It's not a self-help guide as such, but he does delve into some evidence-based programs for ACL prevention [sound [...]

    9. Overall, I would give this book 4/5 stars. The author, Michael Sokolove, did a great job of making the book factual yet filled with anecdotal evidence from real athletes. The story follows different female athletes who had suffered multiple major injuries due to their hardcore devotion to a sport. However, it is not at the fault of the women, the problem is sprouting from the fact that these athletes are being pushed to limits that cannot be reached without proper training. The book brings a new [...]

    10. Great book explaining how to protect our daugthers from over doing it in year around travel sports. Lots of research. Sometimes, a little too much. I really don't need to read 50 pages about how an ACL tears. I get the point! That's the only critcism.The book discusses ways to do preventive exercises to protect girls from ACL injuries through proper warmup. I started skimming the clinical stuff after awhile and just read for suggestions that are actionable.I never realized the full extent the sp [...]

    11. A little unbalanced in terms of providing so much info on ACL injuries and less on concussions, but a very interesting read. From the final chapter on prescriptives, some good advice for parents:1/ parents need to stop abdicating responsibility and must start protecting their daughters. They should seek out ACL prevention programs (e.g. Wwwlprevent/pepprogramm) and demand that they be instituted for the club and school teams2/ inquire with potential trainers about how they tailor training to fem [...]

    12. Good coverage of most of the issues surrounding the rise of the ACL injury epidemic among female athletes, especially younger girls and young women. A bit sensationalist, fraught with the emphasis and desperation of a father of a female athlete at times, but at other times, pretty reasonable tone.As a sports coach who teaches a lot of female athletes, this type of reading is important to me. Some of the ideas and fears presented in this book are decades old (I studied them when I was still in co [...]

    13. I found this book at the doctor's office my son was a visiting for his concussion. Fascinating subject! In all sports, girls are injured at mugh higher rates than boys. For back pain, concussions, knee problems and broken bones. Girls ruin their ACLs 8x more often than boys. Scientists are only now beginning to study why, and this research has been controversial as many like to believe girls and boys bodies' are equal, but injury rates clearly show this not to be the case. Why, then the higher r [...]

    14. This book made me want to cry. We are all doomed. It's like watching 12 Years a Slave. Every page was agonizing. Of course no one reads this book until they have a knee injury, and then it's relevant, but sooo bleak. As the third derby girl in my inner circle to have ACL surgery on her right knee in the last 5 months, I can relate to a lot in this book. Hips, and knees that tilt in when I skate? Check! Even though my league started doing PEP this year, I fear that we aren't doing it often enough [...]

    15. I think this book was overall interesting and a good read. It taught me things that I didn't know. From the beginning I really enjoyed this book because it was more specific to a certain situation. Throughout the book, it jumped to different situations which helped to understand what they were talking about. I feel like there was a lot of repeating done in this book, though. It did get very boring because I feel like it was just repeating and repeating what it said earlier. When it didn't repeat [...]

    16. Thoughtful, well-researched, and important. Everyone involved in girls'/women's sports should read this. The focus is on ACL injuries in soccer, but Sokolove talks about many other aspects of girls and girls' sports that contribute to injuries. My favorite quote: "To play multiple sports is, in the best sense, childlike. It's fun. You move on from one good thing to the next. But to specialize in one conveys a seriousness of purpose. It seems to be leading somewhere - even if, in fact, the real d [...]

    17. Most of this book was stuff I'd already read about in the newspaper (some of it verbatim): girls who play soccer at a high level tear their ACLs way too often; they should rest, play other sports, and learn how to land properly. All good stuff, but no need for it to be repeated a hundred times. (I picked up the book because I thought it would be about MMA, that's usually the sport that uses the word "warrior".)The description of what actually happens during ACL reconstructive surgery was pretty [...]

    18. Very informative to read as an athlete. Content is well-structured and researched, with stories of personal struggle. The author writes with passion, with caution of damaging the ideals of female athletes. But most of all, there are things that can be done to prevent knee injury, especially if athletes start early with training exercises and by allowing for cross-training and rest in our young female athletes.

    19. This book explores the causes of injuries in women's sports with a particular focus on ACL injuries. Although parts of the books seemed repetitive, the author discusses important topics such as the "professional" nature of young children's sports, the impact of Title 9 on research into women's injuries, and research into the causes of these debilitating injuries. As a coach of middle school athletes, I enjoyed reading it and feel much more informed than before.

    20. An easy, interesting read. It is extremely relevant to what's going on with my current teammates, as well as other women's sports teams at our school. The author highlights some really interesting research, and the interviews are fascinating because they are so emotional and "raw." I completely agree with the author's suggestions for changing the culture of women's sports, especially starting at the youth level. All female athletes should read this book and pay attention to the lessons!

    21. great book to introduce people to some of the injury problems to female athletes. it harps on knee injuries, particularly those to the ACL (not the only injury female athletes have). even for those of us that study and work in sports injury/public health/rehabilitation, this brings a different perspective to the problems and only emphasizes the need to do more research and fund better studies

    22. This book mostly discusses ACL knee injuries to teenage girl soccer players. The book connects the overplaying that is occurring in some communities to injuries that impact the young women for the rest of their lives. interesting read as a physician, but does not change my opinion that youth athletics should be diverse and not like a job.

    23. This is an amazing book - a must-read for anyone who enjoys soccer or (like me) has a daughter playing soccer. While it may scare some parents from putting their daughters in soccer - I think the biggest takeaway from this is proper training. Now, proper training for making "headers" is also suggested to help prevent concussions (which are also more prevalent in girls). A great read.

    24. Amazing book that makes clear one-gender-fits all for sports training is harming our girls. Our training regime's have been based on male bodies. It's more than past time for us to adjust girl's training for what their bodies need so they can get stronger, play better, and experience far less injury.

    25. A journalist view of the rise of female athlete's acl,mcl and other crippling sports injuries. A female athlete is generally 10 times more likely than a male to have a serious debilitating injury, most likely an acl. 80% of female athletes either come into college sports with at least one acl scar or will have at least one acl scar by the time they graduate.

    26. Sokolove presents information well, and understands the major roadblock to discussing injuries in women's sports; by acknowledging high injury rates it may sound like women simply aren't 'cut out' to be athletes.

    27. Sokolove stirs the pot about a topic that is worthy of discussion. Growing up in a must win environment, I knew far too many female athletes who blew out knees, hips, and ankles. I'm curious what development there's been in the past eight years, since this was first published.

    28. This wasn't necessarily as applicable to my mystery knee injury - or approach at an "advanced" age - as I would have wanted. Where are the books for plaguing injuries that require a shift in worldview? I think I need a self-help book for turning 30.

    29. I didn't read the whole thing pretty much just scanned through the chapters I thought sounded interesting. Good book. I know there are tons of ACL injuries among women so it was interesting to read about why that happens.

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