Games Girls Play Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes

Caroline Silby, Ph.D., with Shelley Smith

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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In Games Girls Play, Caroline Silby, Ph.D., gives readers advice about encouraging girls to participate in sports and making sure their experiences are enriching. An expert in sports psychology and former nationally ranked figure skater, Silby teaches educators how to initiate a healthy involvement in sport and helps them clear the hurdles their students will face as they advance.


Praise for Games Girls Play

"Valuable advice on how to guide a young woman through the empowering lessons sports can bring."—Los Angeles Times

"Offers a wealth of wisdom on how to build the kind of support system that disciplines a young competitor's mind to work with her rather than against her."—The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"Comprehensive . . . valuable . . . The heart of the book is Silby's healthy attitude toward sports and the wellness of young women. Though her argument is directed at parents, athletes themselves would be well served by the lessons in this book.—Kirkus Reviews

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  • Caroline Silby, Ph.D., with Shelley Smith

  • 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 serves on the United States Olympic Committee and with the United States Figure Skating Association. She consults and teaches at the University of Delaware and the University of Virginia. She lives in Washington, D.C.

    Shelley Smith is an award-winning journalist and formerly a contributor to Sports Illustrated. She now covers a range of subjects for ESPN, including the NBA, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA Final Four. She lives in San Pedro, California with her daughter.