By Katie Steele
With Erin Strout
Formats and Prices
No matter the sport, the message to girls and women is the same: Be aggressive, but not too aggressive. Win at all costs, but be polite while 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 and substance use; depression and anxiety; emotional and sexual abuse; racism and discrimination; self-harm, and even suicide ideation. When global tennis star Naomi Osaka and gymnastics world champion Simone Biles took breaks from competing to tend to their mental health, many were compelled to ask: What is causing this mental health crisis in women’s sports? In The Price She Pays, Katie Steele and Dr. Tiffany Brown illuminate where we are going wrong—and how we can correct course.
Through first-hand accounts, research, and reporting, they reveal the deep layers of trauma and mistreatment women experience in their pursuit of excellence in sport. They show parents, coaches, and athletes how to recognize the signs of mistreatment and mental health issues, and reveal how, by focusing on the wellbeing of the whole person—not just the athlete—we can provide women and girls with the support they need to thrive, in whatever sport they choose, at whatever level they compete.
“The Price She Pays shines a light on the toxic systems and practices in girls’ and women’s sports, and the change we so urgently need in order to pave the way for a future of female superstars who can thrive physically, mentally and emotionally. This masterpiece is a must read for female athletes, as well as their parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about making the world of sports a safer place for women.”Deena Kastor, Olympic Medalist, marathon
“Essential reading for anyone involved with girls' and women’s sports: parents, coaches, managers, administrators, and athletes themselves. The authors, experienced mental health professionals, were driven to write this book as they treated athlete after athlete struggling with the ramifications of an unhealthy sports experience. Sports can and should be a huge positive for girls and women, but sadly there are still very predictable ways they turn negative. Let's all educate ourselves and then change practices and systems so that the vision of Title IX can be realized.”Sarah Lesko, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Bras for Girls
- On Sale
- Jun 18, 2024
- Page Count
- 288 pages
- Little Brown Spark