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The Price She Pays: Confronting the Hidden Mental Health Crisis in Women's Sports from the Schoolyard to the Stadium

Tiffany Brown, Katie Steele, Erin Strout

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Women's health, Coping with illness & specific conditions, Sports & outdoor recreation

Two experts in the field of sports psychology lift the veil on the mental health crisis in women's athletics, offering urgently needed solutions so that parents and athletes can find support, advice, and hope in whatever sport they choose, at whatever level they compete.

Two experts in mental health and sport lift the veil on the crisis in women's athletics, offering parents and coaches urgently needed advice and support and showing how female athletes can find joy in whatever sport they choose, at whatever level they compete.

No matter the sport, the message to girls and women on the court or the field is the same: Be aggressive, but not too aggressive. Win at all costs, but be polite while you're doing it. Get strong, but not too big. Female athletes have long been conditioned to perform under these standards, gracefully and without complaints.

Yet, behind the scenes, female athletes are suffering from disordered eating, depression and anxiety, emotional and sexual abuse, self-harm, and even suicide ideation. Athletes like tennis star Naomi Osaka and gymnastics world champion Simone Biles recently took breaks from competition on the world stage to tend to their mental health. Their decisions have compelled many of us to ask: What is causing this mental health crisis among female athletes? Through research and stories of female athletes of all ages and ability levels, The Price She Pays illuminates where we are going wrong-and how we can correct course.

Informed by their experiences both on and off the field, authors Katie Steele and Dr. Tiffany Brown help athletes and parents identify the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, recognize mistreatment and abuse, understand body image and eating disorders, trauma, and more. By tackling these issues, The Price She Pays encourages readers to understand how the wellbeing of the whole person-not just the athlete-will lead to performance gains from the youth leagues to the elite levels, and everything in between.

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