Concussions important issue for girl athletes-updated info here

by MaryAnne Gucciardi July 12, 2017 1 min read

There have been many articles and efforts to improve safety on the soccer field for women and girls.  As an update to our posts of six years ago, I provide new information on prevention and training alternatives from Cindy Parlow Cone and Excelle.com Our original articles are here: Don’t be fooled by common misconceptions about ...

Happy Birthday Cindy Parlow Cone

by MaryAnne Gucciardi May 08, 2017 1 min read

Happy birthday to Cindy Parlow Cone, three-time NCAA Women’s Soccer Champion and founding member of the Women’s United Soccer Association, former head coach for Portland Thorns FC and in her first year as coach in her first year as head coach of the Portland Thorns, led the Thorns to the NWSL Championship. Parlow was a member ...

Girls Rule: Sports Bra Anniversary

by MaryAnne Gucciardi July 07, 2014 2 min read

The sports bra will mark an anniversary of sorts on Thursday, July 10: 15 years after 20-year-old Brandi Chastain pulled off her jersey in celebration of her winning goal in the Women’s World Cup and fell to her knees wearing her (plain black) sports bra and shorts. Sports bras came into the public after that and today come ...

5 Reasons Why Soccer Matters in the US

by MaryAnne Gucciardi July 03, 2014 2 min read

The US Men’s World Cup run may be over, but that doesn’t mean soccer will fall off the sports radar screen here in the US. Taking a contrary view to a recent Wall St. Journal piece on the inevitable US “soccer letdown” and even to the more hopeful Freakonomics podcast, here are 5 reasons why soccer will ...

US Women’s Soccer Stars Highlight Risks of Heading

by MaryAnne Gucciardi June 28, 2014 1 min read

We applaud that three members of the 1999 World Cup championship US Women’s Soccer team are speaking out on the risks of brain injury from heading. Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, and Cindy Parlow Cone — who’s a Dragonwing girlgear spokesperson — have joined forces with the Sports Legacy Institute and the Santa Clara Institute of Sports ...

Getting Girls Off the Sidelines & Into the Game

by MaryAnne Gucciardi June 20, 2014 1 min read

With much of the world’s eyes and screens tuned in to the World Cup, Wall St. Journal reporter Patricia Kowsmann wrote powerfully about how girls in Brazil are often left on the soccer sidelines. Her personal story of being bullied as a young girl for wearing boys’ soccer cleats really hit home for me. It ...


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