Book’s Literary Awards
2014—INDIEFAB Foreword Reviews Book Awards—Honorable Mention in Women’s Studies Category
2015—Beverly Hill Book Awards—Winner in Sports Category
2015—International Book Awards—Winner in Sports Category
2015—INDIE EXCELLENCE Book Awards—Winner in Sports Category
2015—Reader’s Favorite—Gold Medal in Women’s Category
“Women are not small men.”
Alison Dunlap, 2-sport Olympian, and World Champion mountain biker
A first time look at the unique needs of girls in sports and how to respond and support those needs, Sisterhood In Sports presents compelling research and illuminating real life stories from elite female athletes. A Certified Consultant through the Association of Applied Sports Psychology, member of the USOC Registry of Sports Psychology, sports psychologist, and former competitive athlete, Dr. Joan Steidinger casts a light on the importance of friendships, relationships, and communication among female athletes and shows how anyone involved with them can work with distinct female strengths to help them achieve top performance.
Sisterhood in Sports explores what drives the female athlete: communication, camaraderie, competition, collaboration, and community. Steidinger illustrates through the stories of some of the most successful female athletes that the relationships they create, and the sense of sisterhood that can be cultivated even among rivals, helps to keep them driven, engaged, and connected to their game and their lives beyond the sport. Through interviews and stories of all kinds of female athletes in a variety of sports, Steidinger shows that talking is essential to their experiences and successes in sports. Women and girls tend to collaborate during periods of stress, express empathy for one another, worry about themselves and others, and desire to have fun in sports, which makes their experiences of sports and competition different from their male counterparts. Female strengths are grounded in both mind and body, and they take these strengths onto the court, field, and track.
Endorsed by tennis pioneer Rosie Casals, Olympian and World Champion Cross-Country mountain biker Alison Dunlap, World Champion 100K ultra runner Kami Semick, Pro Xterra (off-road) triathlete, Danelle Kabush, Ph.D., and Mike Woitalia, Executive Editor of Soccer America. Sisterhood In Sports is for anyone who is supporting or assisting a female athlete. The book’s research and in depth interviews reveal how unique female strengths affect performance and relationships both on and off the playing field.
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