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Ladies first (in injuries)

On Tuesday, author Michael Sokolove answered questions about his new book, Warrior Girls, on WashingtonPost.com. The book examines the high rate of injury to female high school athletes as compared to males.  During this summer's intense off-season softball and basketball training regimens, it would be wise for coaches and parents alike to at least give Sokolove's Warrior Girls a cursory glance.

Warrior_2 The first question of the discussion is asked by "Fairfax, VA.", a girl who has had three ACL surgeries and a meniscus repair. Sokolove stresses how important it is for female athletes to protect their knees, saying "[W]e have to make changes in the youth sports culture and tackle issues of over-play and early specialization, becasue at the moment we're manufacturing injuries."