Concussions important issue for girl athletes-updated info here

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 concussions.

A great article on concussions from Taylor Twellman.

Recovering from a Climbing Concussion

and new information can be found here:

Pro players speak out about the ‘absurdity’ of the concussion protocol in women’s soccer

Check out these excellent video on the what Cindy Parlow Cone’s experience learning to head the ball at 18 -and still being a World Cup Champ and Olympian!

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Happy Birthday Cindy Parlow Cone

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 of the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic, and 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cup, teams. Parlow Cone played professionally for the Atlanta Beat for three years and was the Coaching Director of 13-18 year-old girls’ programs at the Triangle United soccer league.  Cindy is a co-founder of Goals for Girls.  Birthday –May 8th.

Last Firsts from a Soccer Mom.

It is that time of year for parents of high school seniors when we’re enjoying the last -firsts of many club and high school events.  Last first soccer game of the year, last first day of the last semester, last club night.   Looking back at all the things I’ve learned, I’ve decided (rather than wallow),  I’d share a few of the most useful lessons.  From the importance of chocolate milk to the recruiting process.  Make sure to catch next few blogs.  I’d love to hear your stories and tips too!

Here’s to team Glow Angel -where it all started, and to the coaches, parents and friends I’ve made on the fields.

xo

MaryAnne

Black History Month: Celebrating Serena Williams!

Sharing stories about women athletes matters. Equally important, hearing stories of amazing women athletes matters. One of my favorite legends is Serena Williams. To celebrate Black History Month, the artist Simone Grace is creating a coloring book with portraits of 28 amazing black women and one of the world’s greatest athletes, Serena Williams is featured.  Simone is my friend and classmate -and when I asked her if we could share this page with our community of athletic girls and their parents, she generously and ecstatically agreed. You can get a free printable coloring page here!

Check out all the illustrations of visionary black women who are luminaries in politics, arts, activism, business and sports. Coloring is a fun, empowering and relaxing activity for all the strong girls and women in your life and makes a great gift! You learn more about Simone Grace and how to get the entire printable coloring book at the GoFundMe page here.

xoxo
MaryAnne
Founder of Dragonwing girlgear

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My Daughter is So Happy! — Early Product Review

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We are super excited to share an early product review of the new Racerback Cami that we launched on Kickstarter.   Sara from Ohio’s daughter loves it — and we think YOU will too.

“For the past year, I have been looking for the perfect cami for my 11- year old daughter.  My daughter is not quite ready for a bra but definitely needed something with more coverage than the cotton cami with a shelf that she has been wearing daily under her shirts.

Recently, I received a sample of the Dragonwing Racerback Cami to trial with my daughter.  I am thrilled to say that I have finally found the perfect cami!!

My daughter has never loved a cami so much!  She tried it on for me and was beaming.  The padding in the cami really made her feel more confident and it looked so nice under her shirt. Some of the features of this cami that we love are:

– The material keeps her cool and dry, so it is perfect for any activity.
– The straps are adjustable, so she will be able to wear it for quite awhile and adjust it as she grows
– The racer back design is great for her posture and looks very sporty.
– The padding can be removed for washing or if less coverage is desired.

My daughter wants to wear this cami every day now, so I have been washing it constantly. Even after 10+ washes, the cami still looks as good as new. I am so excited that these camis are on Kickstarter now. I plan on stocking up and buying more in multiple colors. Thank you for creating such a high quality product that makes my daughter feel confident with her body.

Sincerely,
 Sara
(Mom and Devoted Dragonwing Customer in Ohio)
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Summer Fencing

Hi! I’m Julia, a Dragonwing ambassador. My summers have been known to be very busy, and this coming summer is no exception. I start by going to Dallas, Texas, for fencing summer nationals, where I will be fencing in four events. Each event is long and tiring, so I am lucky that they are each two days apart.

To help me survive the exhausting events, I wear my light, breathable Dragonwing clothes that keep me comfortable and performing my best. In Dallas, any time I don’t spend competing will be spent rehabilitating my knee injury or resting.

After Dallas, I have three days at home until I go to Massachusetts for a month for a journalism program and then a marine biology program, two of my favorite subjects. Lastly, I’ll be going to Poland for ten days for a fencing program with many fencers who belong to the same fencing club as me. There, we will do more intense training after a month-long break, and I will have my Dragonwing clothes to keep me cool and comfortable. 

In a previous blog post, I talked about my knee injury and my “Road to Recovery.” It took nearly a year, but I am now back to training and competing as much as I ever did. However, I will have to continue physical therapy in order to keep training as frequently and intensively as I can.

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Surprise Surgery & Another Recovery

April was one of the most surprisingly crazy months for me yet. Earlier in the month, I was at a climbing competition doing just fine and trying my hardest. But when the comp ended and my mom and I were driving home, I got a big headache, felt horrible, and started to throw up. I had lots of pain, especially on the right side of my stomach.

Sudden and unbearable pain on the right side made me think “appendicitis,” which made me feel even worse. Shortly after we got home, my parents decided I needed to go right to the Emergency Room. Everyone was super worried. I was in too much pain to get into the car, so my dad called an ambulance, both for the speed and because I’d get pain medication as soon as possible. At the hospital, I waited for five hours and couldn’t eat or drink anything, which was difficult since I’d just finished a competition. After an ultrasound and CT, the doctors decided to transfer me to the Children’s Hospital so I could have surgery. Yes, that’s right — surgery — but not on my appendix. They’d found a cyst on my ovary that was basically “exploding.” Three small incisions were needed to fix everything.

three small incisions on Madi's belly after emergency surgery

I’m happy to say the surgery was successful, and I stayed in the hospital for three days. It took a while to be able to walk without being nauseated, but finally I regained my strength and was discharged!

It was a rough couple of weeks not being able to climb while I recuperated. If you’ve been following my blog, you know this isn’t my first recuperation. I’ve missed most of the important training for regionals, which are coming up on May 14. I’m going to have to work my butt off to rebuild my endurance and strength in the next two weeks. I’m looking on the bright side and telling myself I’ll be able to compete in regionals unlike last season.

In other news, school is almost out — only 4 weeks left! I really hope the summer will pass without any injuries!

This Sports Headband Really Won’t Slip!

Three more months of school! I can hardly believe I will be a freshman next year. I’m already really excited for high school and connecting with more people. Sadly only one of my friends is going to the same high school as me but, that means I get to make some new friends.

Another great thing that will happen in high school is that my sister will be able to drive, which means I won’t be late to rock climbing (at least, less often I hope!)

Getting back into rock climbing after my concussion has been going great. We’ve been preparing for rope season by practicing falls. Yes, we actually practice falls! When we practice for falls, we climb up the wall and then fall over and over again.

Teen Ambassador Madi rock climbing at gym

During recent practices, I’ve been wearing my Dragonwing Stay in Place Mini Headband, and it didn’t slip off my head once! I totally recommend this sports headband to every athletic girl. I still love my Dragonwing sports bras, too. Here’s a picture of me when my Racer Sports Bra arrived!

Madi was all smiles when her Racer girls sports bra arrived

We’ve also been working on our first attempt-best attempt by “onsighting” routes. Onsighting is when you make a clean ascent without prior knowledge of the route or problem. I finally sent my first 11+ project on lead bottom to top — with only a little bloody nick on knuckle. Success!

Before break our middle school had an award assembly, and I was named to the honor roll! Working my butt off to catch up with assignments after my concussion paid off. And seeing the smiles on my parents’ faces was great!

 

Recovering from a Climbing Concussion

I celebrated my 14th birthday in December by doing a mock regionals and our gym’s first ever lock-in. Those were great, but, hands down, this has been one of the hardest months for me.

On December 7th, I went to climbing class with a great attitude considering it was the last push before regionals. Our coaches decided to have us on ropes. My friend Iza and I were partners, and she was leading a tricky route. When she was at the third clip going for a small crimp, she fell. The heel of her foot whammed into my head, but fortunately I was still able to catch her.

Rock climbing teammates
Not being able to compete because of a concussion was tough, but my teammates and coaches were awesome!

At first we laughed and giggled, after five minutes, I found myself sitting on the bench, feeling very lethargic and sleepy and holding an ice pack on my head. My coach Tim made a great call and recommended my mother pick me up and take me to the emergency room. I was dizzy and very slow walking on our way in to the ER. As soon as we explained my injury was from rock climbing, the medical team took it a bit more seriously and ran me through some tests, balancing and remembering numbers.

As soon as they said I had a mild concussion, tears started pouring down my face. I knew what was going to happen – that I’d have to miss regionals. I knew in the back of my mind I wouldn’t be able to compete, but I didn’t want to let it come true.

I stayed home from school for three days. I needed the rest, but I was very sad even thinking about climbing. I’d spent the whole season working up to this one competition, and now it was all wasted. On Wednesday, I went to climbing class because it’s a team sport. It was hard being in the background watching everybody else climb. Again my amazing coaches helped me get through this hard time and put positive thoughts in my head.

By Friday, I was sadly still having headaches and made the call to not compete on Saturday. I attended the event and watched my teammates compete. They did an amazing job!

I was back to normal the next week and was cleared by my doctor to start lightly climbing again. Now it is winter break, and it feels great to relax and enjoy winter here in Colorado. I wish all Dragonwing girls happy holidays and a wonderful start to the New Year.

Rock Climbing Comps & Coaches

Wow, time has sure flown by! It’s hard to believe that this is my sixth blog post as a Dragonwing girlgear Ambassador!

For the last month, every weekend has been filled with rock climbing competitions. My latest competition was super fun even though I had a cold, which left me with little energy. In that comp, I managed to flash my top 5. A “flash” is where you climb to the top of the wall with no falls or other attempts. As you can see from the photo, I’m still wearing my Un-Dee Mini Workout Shorts!

Dragonwing Ambassador Madi with rock climbing coaches at competition

A couple of weeks ago, I had a little meltdown at rock climbing class. I was doubting myself, thinking “I can’t do that” and “I haven’t progressed.” Eventually I shed a couple of tears. My coaches were so helpful and supportive and really helped me through that horrible mental block. They are amazing.

The weather here in Colorado has started to get chilly, but that doesn’t bother me. I love the cold weather because I can get into a fuzzy blanket and drink hot chocolate! Another reason I love winter is because I love skiing and snowboarding. I have been a snowboarder for a while but last winter tried out skiing and loved it! I’m looking forward to more fun in the snow this winter.

Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite winter sport or activity.