Up to Speed: The Groundbreaking Science of Women Athletes

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Riverhead Books
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6.42 X 9.24 X 1.15 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author
Christine Yu is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on the intersection of sports science and women athletes. Her writing has appeared in Outside, The Washington Post, Runner's World, and other publications. She's a lifelong athlete and yoga teacher who loves running, surfing, and skiing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Praise for Up to Speed

"Illuminating. . . . Yu's overview of the many ways women athletes are underserved enrages, and her mastery of the scientific literature impresses. This is a valuable contribution to the growing science on women in sports." --Publishers Weekly

"A brisk, well-researched study of athletic performance." --Kirkus

"This important distillation of the science underlying women's sports performance illuminates what we've known all along--that we're different but not lesser." --Bonnie Tsui, author of Why We Swim

"Christine Yu deftly skewers the failings of current sports science research, but also finds encouraging signs that the experiences of women athletes are finally being taken seriously. A meticulously reported, often surprising, and ultimately uplifting read." --Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure

"More women are playing sports than ever before, and yet our understanding of how they can best excel remains woefully inadequate. Christine Yu's book convincingly argues that it's time for exercise and sports research to include women." --Christie Aschwanden, author of Good to Go

"This book is a deeply important asset for building a better future for women in sport. Yu gives context to the experiences of so many female athletes and calls for a future where female athletes are studied, supported and valued equally." --Kate Courtney, Olympian and World Champion mountain-bike racer

"Up to Speed is a roadmap and toolbox for athletes of all ages. Every coach should read it and discuss it with their athletes. I wish I had been able to read this book while I was competing." --Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner and author of The Longest Race

"An essential read for all of those women (and men!) trying to navigate the world of sex and gender difference in sport, nutrition, exercise and adaptations." --Dr. Stacy Sims, author of Roar

"Christine Yu goes to great pains to point out the inaccuracy of false narratives about female inadequacy in sports. She celebrates the brave and unsung scientists and advocates who have derailed these claims." --Carole A. Oglesby, Trustee Emeritus, Women's Sports Foundation and Professor Emeritus, Temple University

"A must read for anyone interested in women athletes--their healthcare, their performance, what we know, what we don't know, and why there is so much more that needs to be done to get female athletes the care, resources and answers they need. Thank you, Christine, for this terrific resource!" --Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH, Founder of the Female Athlete Conference and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School