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Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports Hardcover – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743297555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743297554
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Warrior Girls brings alive the reality that our daughters are suffering from an epidemic of devastating sports injuries that can be prevented with exercise programs." - Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

About the Author

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.

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Overall, the book was an interesting read, but it was often redundant.
L. Stone
I heard the author interviewed on NPR and have been meaning to buy the book ever since.
M. Moore
This book will show you how to prevent your daughter from becoming an injury statistic.
William J. Mcguinness

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Cassell on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Girls are suffering ACL injuries (which can take as much as year to recover from) at an alarming rate in soccer games and similar sports. Sokolove reviews the evidene about these injuries and suggests valuable training reforms that might spare these girls from such devastating injuries. This is a "must read" for any dad or mom whose teenage daughter is in competitive soccer, basketball, lacrosse, or similar sport.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William J. Mcguinness on June 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book will help you protect your daughter from over zealous coaches. It's an incredibly interesting story. It's wonderful that girls are able to participate in sports like never before. It's not wonderful when they're on the sidelines in crutches.

This book will show you how to prevent your daughter from becoming an injury statistic. It will empower parents who are not familiar with the modern sports culture to protect their children. You'll learn how to recognize when your child is doing too much and a coach is demanding too much.

It's a wonderful story and very interesting to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Keys on September 8, 2008
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Unfortunately, the book is mostly comprised of anecdotal stories and interviews which the author uses to convince us that there is a problem with ACL injuries in women's athletics. There are about three pages in the end that suggest solutions to this problem. The author himself seems conflicted as to whether the problem is truly over-participation in a single sport or just a factor of the number of "exposures" a female has to any sport that causes them to changes directions quickly or land on their heels. I was hoping for specific help in what I can do as a coach to help my U11 soccer team avoid ACL injuries. A full chapter on specific preventative training methods and exercises would have made this book complete. But I appreciate his efforts at calling attention to the problem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JC on August 17, 2008
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My daughter recently tore her ACL playing soccer at the club level. She was a freshman in HS, at the time. I wish I had come across this book before that fateful day and not a month after.

Warrior Girls is well-written, well thought out, and well-researched. The first chapters are grim with cautionary tales of promising female athletes who were forced to give up their dream of a career in sports because of serial injuries. Fortunately, as the book progresses, the author passes on information about research that is being conducted and prevention programs that are being adopted for the prevention of these serious, debilitating, and purposely ignored injuries to our teen-aged daughters!

My daughter's surgeon told us it is very unlikely that she will tear her ACL again. However, after reading this book, I've learned that my daughter my have a pre-disposition to knee injuries and without some sort of training and prevention program, she may likely do it again! More parents and coaches should be aware of the terrible risks to our daughters' health and sports careers and insist that schools and clubs institute an injury prevention program.

A must-read for parents, coaches and club-directors!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William on January 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have four daughters, all who play soccer and basketball. To top it off, I had an ACL replacement almost 20 years ago. So I read this book with high expectations.

It's not that it's a bad book - just not very helpful. Most people already know that ACL injuries for girls is a big problem. Sokolove simply wrote a book with some ancedotal stories of girls with chronic injuries. The first couple were marginally interesting; but it quickly bogged down to just another story of an injuried girl. He could have found many girls/women who had ACL replacements and went on to successful high level play.

If you're expecting any guidance as to either preventing ACL injuries or good insight as to where the research is headed, you'll be disappointed. Sokolove presents a few people doing research; but each one is wedded to conflicting theories as to why girls suffer so many ACL injuries. You come away with no better idea as to the reason for the problem or how to prevent it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frankly My Dear on November 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Girls/women wreck their knees EIGHT TIMES as often as boys/men in team sports.
Are you stunned by that? I am. DOnt let your daughters become athletic has beens by 18 and candidates for knee replacements because of poorly designed and monitored training. This book shows what is an overwhelming need for girls and women to train smarter, rather than tougher, (what else is new?? :-) to avoid the incredible injury rates they incur in sports and military training. No matter what anyone fears about women "measuring up" to males, we all "know" females are built differently from males and deserve to be trained in ways that they can continue to achieve their personal best.

The author refers to a program from the Santa MOnica Orthopaedics clinic that appears to be reducing injury rates by improving balance and running mechanics for females. [...]

check this out with whoever coaches your kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BurnBrother on February 23, 2010
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I originally purchased this book after reading a blog exchange between the Author and a Senior person at the Tucker Institute at the University of Minnesota in which I felt that Tucker was very dismissive of Sokolove's work in general and his conclusions in particular. That didn't make sense to me which I why I read the book.

From my perspective Sokolove was very "Title IX" friendly in his approach to his research. In spite of the startling data presented, here we are in 2010 and I can't see that it has been effectively validated or dealt with by the substantial government and university funded women's sports establishment. It appears to me that those in power are concerned that if this information became commonly known there would be a backlash against Title IX. Seems they have some explaining to do.

It's one thing to expand sports participation opportunities for girls via Title IX, but frankly if an issue this basic has not been effectively dealt with over the past three decades it makes one wonder if the right people are in charge from a directional standpoint.

Torn ACLs and concussions are very serious injuries at any age and the earlier in life they occur the higher the potential for negative quality of life issues for these women down the road.
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