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

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Jun 3, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
46 Reviews
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 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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
15
4 stars
17
3 stars
12
2 stars
2
1 star
0

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

User Review  - Taro Yamashita - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
CHAPTER
13
CHAPTER 2
25
CHAPTER 4
61
CHAPTER 5
79
CHAPTER 6
103
CHAPTER 7
121
CHAPTER 9
147
CHAPTER 11
187
CHAPTER 12
205
CHAPTER 13
233
CHAPTER 14
253
CHAPTER 15
265
Prescriptives
275
A Note on Sources
283
Acknowledgments
291

The ACL Witch
165

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and their three children.

Bibliographic information