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Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Start of football, soccer = Concussion Season

Friday, August 9th, 2013

By Katie Culver For many, the start of football and soccer season evokes the excitement of uniforms, new teammates, practices, and games. But doctors and parents endure another sort of anticipation: The arrival of Concussion Season. Concussions happen in athletics year round, but with the greatest frequency in football, followed by girl’s ...

NWSL seems to be learning from predecessors

Friday, January 18th, 2013

By Laura Pappano It’s draft day for the National Women’s Soccer League. Don’t bother turning on your TV or tuning into sports radio.  Don’t expect NFL-style high drama. Thanks to the rise of cheap media, though, you can catch it on Twitter and Facebook (NWSL doesn’t have its own website). Sure, there is ...

The SI swimsuit challenge: What’s a mom to do?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

     By Katie Culver There is not a lot of media coverage of female athletes, but when there is I like my daughter, who is five years old, to see it. I try to records as many women's sporting events as I can for her to watch. Recently, we were watching the U.S. ...

WPS suspension: Is this WUSA redux?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

By Laura Pappano On the heels of a compelling World Cup and on the eve of the 2012 Olympics, Women’s Professional Soccer announced today that they are suspending the 2012 season – with plans (maybe hopes?) to return to play in 2013. The news, for those who recall the end of WUSA ...

Four thing we learned in 2011 (that are worth remembering in 2012)

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

By Laura Pappano SOMETIMES YOU LOSE – AND IT’S OK. The Women’s World Cup championship game between the U.S. and Japan honored the rise and intensity of women’s soccer. The back story was compelling: The U.S. Team’s dramatic run-up with Abby Wambach’s YouTube-play-it-again (and again) headers versus the determination of a ...

Friends again? After World Cup, your rival is your WPS teammate

Friday, July 29th, 2011

By Megan Wood Nearly two weeks after an intense World Cup tournament and a riveting US-Japan final that captured international attention, Women’s Professional Soccer has settled back into its season. On Wednesday, the Boston Breakers and the Philadelphia Independence met at Harvard Stadium for a league match in front of over 3,000 ...

Did Japan just out-US the US?

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

By Laura Pappano In case we thought that dig-deeper, push-harder, find-another-gear quality was American-made, we just discovered a made-in-Japan version every bit as awe-inspiring as the one we’ve seen from Team USA throughout this tournament. It hurts to lose in PK’s, but give the Japanese team it’s due. I know Abby wanted ...

The “overhyped” US Women’s World Cup team (seriously?)

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

By Rachael Goldenberg Yesterday as I was discussing the amazingness that is the US Women’s Soccer team, my male colleague said to me “the team is ok, but it just seems really overhyped.” Overhyped? Hmmm…. Has the team received obsessive, around the clock media coverage?                       Banked million dollar payouts? Have they inked hundred million dollar ...

Team USA: Reasons to believe (and do we need TV review in soccer?)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Suddenly, the story lines need tweaking. Admit it: We had resigned ourselves to remembrances of the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Who didn’t watch grainy video highlights and years-later interviews with players and wonder if the Dawn of US women’s soccer and its Golden Age were one and the same? There ...