One-Minute Book Reviews

May 19, 2008

When Girls’ Sports Injuries Go Beyond the Soccer Field

Filed under: Nonfiction,Sports — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 4:11 pm
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On May 11 the New York Times Magazine published a cover story provocatively headlined: “Everyone Wants Girls to Have As Many Opportunities in Sports as Boys. But Can We Live With the Greater Rate of Injuries They Suffer?” www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/magazine/11Girls-t.html. Written by Michael Sokolove, the article focused on soccer injuries, especially ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Journalist Joan Ryan explores the physical and emotional risks of two other popular sports in Little Girls in Pretty Boxes The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters (Warner, 2000), a chilling exposé of the exploitation of young female gymnasts and skaters. The book grew out of an award-winning series Ryan wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and became a 1997 made-for-TV movie www.imdb.com/title/tt0119551/.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

2 Comments »

  1. Very timely with the upcoming Olympics. I’ll have to look into this one.

    Comment by speedytexaslibrarian — May 19, 2008 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  2. This is (and was published as) an adult book. But my library has it in the Y.A. section, so it must hold a lot of interest for teenagers, too. The book could a little hard to find now except through libraries and online. But it would be a great book for any mother-daughter book club that could find enough copies.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — May 19, 2008 @ 11:51 pm | Reply


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