Don’t be fooled by common misconceptions about concussions.

Awareness of the danger – and frequency – of concussions is growing. It’s not just in football. It’s a health risk in girls’ soccer too, whether from heading, collisions or falls.

In August, I joined a taping of the Chapel Hill radio show, Your Health with Dr. Adam Goldstein and Dr. Cristy Page. Former Olympic player Cindy Parlow Cone was there too. Dr. Johna Register-Mihalik and Dr. Lindsay DiStefano added recent medical opinion to Cindy’s practical experience. I took away three important points:

1. Our sports girls may be reluctant to take adequate time off to insure complete healing after concussion symptoms have subsided. Children live “in the moment”. But in a day, week, or month, they won’t remember missing those games or practices.
2. The results of untreated or improperly treated concussion are severe and can include constant, chronic headache and memory loss.
3. Girls’ motivation for returning to play, or playing injured, is to not let down their team. So parents must explain that allowing healing is in the best interests of their team, not just of the player.

Below is some great advice from Dr. Lindsay Distefano, a specialist in sports injuries:

As fall sports get started this fall, all athletes need to understand a concussion and not be fooled by common misconceptions.
• A person that says “I got my bell rung” may have a concussion and should be seen by a medical professional.
• There is no such thing as a minor concussion – it is an injury to the brain!
• A “normal” CT scan does NOT mean you do not have a concussion – it means you do not have an even more serious brain injury like a subdural hematoma.
• A headache after a collision or impact to the head may be a symptom of a concussion and should be treated as one.
• Anyone who is suspected of having a concussion should NOT return to activity that day and not until they do not have any symptoms of the head injury for at least 10 days, and are evaluated by a trained health care professional with experience in managing concussions.
• Risk of returning to sport too early after a concussion can lead to permanent problems in all aspects of life or may even lead to death.
• You don’t have to play football to get a concussion.

Your Health: Sports Injuries in Girls and Young Women: Cindy Parlow Cone, Dr. J. Register-Mihalik, Dr. L. Distefano

Your Health: Cindy Parlow Cone, Dr. J. Register-Mihalik, Dr. L. Distefano

September 26: Happy Birthday, Serena Williams!

Happy birthday to Serena Williams, 27, Grand Slam title holder. Williams has won more career prize money than any other female athlete, in any sport, in history and is the fifth woman to have held all four Grand Slam titles at one time. She and her sister, Venus, who have both been ranked World No. 1 at one time or another (Serena has been ranked no. 1 on five separate occasions), often play doubles together; the two of them have each won two Olympic gold medals in doubles and have won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles together.

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Dragonwing girlgear ™ (the first line of athletic sport and support wear designed for young sporty girls ages 8-17) announced that Portland, OR based Aries Apparel (a women and girls-only athletic apparel/footwear/accessories/equipment retailer) is now carrying the full line of Dragonwing girlgear ™ merchandise in stores.

“Like Dragonwing girlgear, Aries Apparel believes that strong, healthy girl athletes need high quality performance apparel,” states MaryAnne Gucciardi, Founder/President of Dragonwing girlgear. “Aries Apparel customers can now find our product in stores and online — and we think that is a winning combination for our customers.”

Diana Marsden, Founder/Owner of Aries Apparel, states “Our decision to offer customers the complete line of Dragonwing girlgear merchandise underscores our dedication to passionate, confident, and dynamic female athletes of all ages and abilities.”

Created by Soccer Mom and entrepreneur MaryAnne Gucciardi, Dragonwing girlgear ™ is the first performance line designed exclusively for pre-teen and teen girls. With unique sizing, high-tech moisture-wicking fabrics, age appropriate support and comfortable fit, Dragonwing girlgear ™ cammies, sliders and sports bras help girls play their very best — whether they are on the soccer field, lacrosse field, basketball court, volleyball court , or other athletic venue.
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About the Dragonwing girlgear Founder/President:
MaryAnne Gucciardi, Soccer mom and Entrepreneur, is on a mission to help girls become confident women! Contact her at

About Aries Apparel Founder:
Aries Apparel was founded by Diana Marsden, mother of two athletic daughters. After many frustrating years trying to shop for athletic basics year-round, she recognized that they were not the only females out there with no choice, selection or options when it came to their athletic wear. The marketplace is dominated by male-oriented sports stores and girls are an afterthought. That’s changed now!

Twitter: @ariesapparel