CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Hannah Storm knows the importance of
sports involvement in a woman's life. Still, even a top network sports
broadcaster such as Storm had questions about how to bring sports into the
lives of her own daughters. With no single resource available to answer her
questions, she did what any good reporter would do: her own research.
Storm wants to share the knowledge she has gained with every parent, so
they have help raising happy, successful daughters. She has compiled her
advice in a new book, Go Girl: Raising Healthy, Confident and Successful Girls
through Sports ($16.95, Sourcebooks) available in stores or online.
Studies have proven that girls benefit physically, academically and
psychologically from playing sports.
"Exercise has repeatedly shown to improve how girls feel about themselves
in areas such as self-esteem, self-concept, self-confidence and perceptions of
competence," Storm says.
With improved self-esteem there comes a lower risk of sexual behavior and
pregnancy. Girls tend to do better in school and have an overall higher level
of happiness when they are physically active.
Storm insists that parents owe it to their daughter to encourage her to be
active. However, experts report that by the age of twelve, girls are six
times as likely to drop out of sports than boys. The reasons for this can be
as complex as society's attitude toward gender roles, or as simple as lack of
fun and injuries.
"Parents' support of their daughter's participation is absolutely
necessary," Storm says. "It does not simply begin when she is old enough to
play in a team sport, nor end when the season is over."
It is an ongoing challenge that requires a consistent effort, but in the
end, the dedication is well worth the reward.
Go Girl answers questions about how to keep girls interested in sports as
the transition from childhood to adolescence are answered too, along with
advice from the experts on nutrition, coaching, injuries, sportsmanship,
weight issues and much more.
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