Ex-soccer player offers warning to effects of concussions

A retired soccer player says her life was drastically altered by the concussions she suffered during her time as a professional.

Cindy Parlow Cone offered her story as a warning during a medical symposium in Philadelphia on Friday. She talked about the after-effects of concussions and the consequences they’ve had since her retirement.

The two-day seminar was held by U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer during a coaches’ association conference on player health and safety. Friday’s session highlighted concussion identification and prevention.

Parlow Cone says she went from a player who was consumed by the sport to someone who didn’t want to be on the field due to concussions.

Experts say increased awareness has led to stricter protocols for head injuries, but a lack of data has impeded concussion research.

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