"In this much-needed resource for female athletes and their parents and coaches, Potash presents his vision for a "sea change" as to how we should view and train female athletes. He doesn't simply blurt out opinions and share anecdotes. He backs up his arguments about female sports injuries and injury prevention with research, quotes, and evidence from countless experts in sports medicine. He presents a thorough, compelling, and easy-to-follow case for a dramatic shift in how we train these young athletes."
- C. David Geier, Jr. M.D.
Director, MUSC Sports Medicine
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
About the Author
Warren J. Potash Specialist in Exercise Therapy and Sports Nutrition I studied biomechanics, kinesiology, human anatomy, and spent more than 250 hours working in sports medicine physical therapy clinics as part of 1,500 hours that were required for my certifications after I created, co-developed, and co-authored Your Lower Back (1993); the first book by a patient (me) and his doctor to help everyone understand how a spine-safe exercise program would help the majority of people. Immediately after the book was published I became interested in the non-contact ACL injury challenge for all female athletes. I created and co-developed the training progressions that I have used since 1995 to help more than 600 adolescent female athletes with sport-specific training to play sports that has produced remarkable results as not one teen has ever reported an ACL injury which was not expected. He has also developed exercise programs and personally trained men, women, and children with a variety of medical challenges. In 2003, he and his colleagues co-authored two online CEU courses at www.issaonline.com that has helped numerous trainers; Safely Training the Adolescent Female Athlete. In 2010, I launched www.learn2trainsafely.com to provide quality information so every user can value training to play sports for teen female athletes playing every sport. In late 2011 or January 2012 his new book: They’re Not Boys – Safely Training the Adolescent Female Athlete™ will be published. Training Philosophy: To help every individual achieve, or surpass their personal goals with a safe and age-appropriate functional/integrated conditioning program. • Your Lower Back – based on complex medically based information and prepared the manuscript so everyone can understand myths surrounding low back pain (1993) • Safely Training the Adolescent Female Athlete – two online CEU courses that still teach trainers safe and age-appropriate training progressions (2003) • They’re Not Boys – Safely Training the Adolescent Female Athlete™ - will introduce valued research and my training program to adults who support their daughter-athletes so they learn to value training to play sports and hopefully - over time, the present too high non-contact ACL injury rate will decline