Cindy Parlow Cone joins HITG

Cindy Parlow Cone joins HITG

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Cindy Parlow Cone, is a retired American soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medallist and Women’s World Cup Champion. Parlow began training with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1995, making her first appearance (and scoring her first goal) in a friendly against Russia one year later. She concluded her career with an impressive track record of 158 caps and 75 goals in 2006, due to post-concussion syndrome. Cindy says today that she never fully recovered from her concussion and still suffers from the exact same symptoms as she did back in 2006.

Parlow WNTAfter Cindy’s retirement from international play, she started coaching at both collegiate and professional level. With the Tar Heels she won 4 NCAA Championships in 7 years and as head coach of the Portland Thorns she became the youngest coach to ever win an American professional sports championship.

Today Cindy works as the Director of coaching for the Triangle United Soccer Association and leads the non-profit organization International Outreach for Girls, which connects girls from different countries with their peers around the world to address social and health challenges through soccer.

When I look back over my career, it’s with pride and joy and now through my coaching, I take great pride in trying to help make the sport I know and love safer.

Now Cindy has joined forces with the Head in the Game project to tackle the question of whether elite football has an effect on the long-term health of elite players.

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The goal of the Head in the Game project is to evaluate and improve long-term health in elite men's and women's football. The main question we seek to answer is: does a professional football career have any consequences for the musculoskeletal or neurocognitive health of former players?

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