Play Safe in the Heat by Dr. Lindsay Di Stefano

As temperatures rise, it is critical that athletes of all ages follow some basic steps to stay safe in the heat

December 2: Happy (Belated) Birthday, Monica Seles!

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Happy birthday to Monica Seles, the youngest player ever, at age 16, to win the French Open. She followed up that 1990 victory with French Open and U.S. Open wins in 1991 and 1992, in addition to 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996 Australian Open wins. Besides those nine Grand Slam singles titles, she also won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics. Seles career was halted when she was stabbed during an on-court attack, and though she returned to the game some years later, she was never able to fully regain her status. The stories of her successes and No. 1 ranking, however, live on.

January 24: Happy Birthday, Mary Lou Retton!

Happy birthday to Italian-American Mary Lou Retton, the first female gymnast from outside of Eastern Europe to win an Olympic gold medal in the all-around event (1984 Olympics). Besides four other Olympic medals- two silver and two bronze- Retton is also a two-time American Cup winner and a 1997 International Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee.

May 8: Happy Birthday, Cindy Parlow!

Happy birthday to Cindy Parlow, three-time NCAA Women's Soccer Champion and founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association. Parlow was a member of the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic, and 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cup, teams. After playing professionally for the Atlanta Beat for three years, she became the Coaching Director of 13-18 year-old girls' programs at the Triangle United soccer league.

July 12: Happy Birthday, Kristi Yamaguchi!

Happy birthday to figure skating star Kristi Yamaguchi! Yamaguchi began figure skating as physical therapy for her club feet (club feet rotate internally at the ankle), but the sport soon became her passion. Initially skating with her pairs partner, Rudy Galindo, she won the gold at the 1988 World Junior Pairs Championship and the 1989 and 1990 U.S. championships. After placing first in the World Junior Championships in singles in 1988, Yamaguchi decided to focus on singles. This endeavor proved incredibly successful; Yamaguchi won the World Championships, Skate America, and the Nations Cup in 1991 and the U.S. Championships, World Championships, and Winter Olympics in 1992. Since then, the figure skater has won the reality program Dancing with the Stars and established the Always Dream Foundation, which aims to help children's dreams come true. Watch the dramatic performance here

February 2012 Trunk Shows at OMEGA SPORTS

(Chapel Hill, NC; February 2, 2012)— Dragonwing girlgear ™ -- the first line of athletic sport and support wear designed for young sporty girls ages 8-17 -- announced today that North Carolina-based Omega Sports (an athletic apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment retailer) will host Trunk Shows at all 5 of the local retailer’s Triangle Stores (Park West, Crossroads Blvd, New Hope Commons, and North Hills Raleigh). Omega Sports is pleased to offer customers the opportunity to preview from the entire line of current and new Dragonwing girlgear ™ products at the events, which will also include: • Raffle Drawings and Giveaways including girlgear cinch bags • Meet and Greet at the North Hills and Crossroads store with Cindy Parlow Cone. Cindy was a 4-time All-American on the UNC women’s soccer team, which won three national championships during her playing career. She twice won the Hermann Trophy as the top female college player (1997and 1998) and was the ACC female athlete of the year in 1999. She was a starter on the US team which won the 1999 World Cup, scoring two goals. She was also a member of the World Cup team in 2003 and of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams. She is currently director of girls U15-U18 soccer for Triangle United. • The chance to win lunch with Cindy Parlow and the Omega and Dragonwing staff (at the Q-Shack before the North Hills trunk show. No purchase necessary.) 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 ™ camis, 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. Thirty year old Omega Sports, Inc. has 16 locations throughout North Carolina and offers top notch service, highly trained staff, and personal attention. The stores sell year-round athletic apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories for the entire family. The Trunk Shows will run as follows: Date Time Location Feb 24 Friday 7:00 p.m. New Hope Commons 5426-B New Hope Commons Dr. Durham, NC 27707 919.493.7603 Feb 25 Saturday 10:00 a.m. Renaissance 8200 Renaissance Pkwy. Durham, NC 27713-6699 919.361.9060 Feb 25 Saturday 2:00 p.m. North Hills 4120 Main @ North Hills St. Raleigh, NC 27609 919.420.1913 Feb 26 Sunday 1:00 p.m. Park West 3025 Market Center Dr. Morrisville NC 919.338.3001 Feb 26 Sunday 4:00 p.m. Crossroads 314 Crossroads Blvd Cary, NC 27518 919.859.2623 RSVP in store or by phone # # # 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 Omega Sports, Inc.: Phil Bowman and Thom Rock started Omega Sports in 1978 with a vision NOT to be a big box store. They wanted a family atmosphere with a tech trained staff. They have that today! For more information about Dragonwing girlgear or Omega Sports, Inc.: Omega Sports, Inc. Website Facebook: Twitter: @omegasportsnc YouTube: Our Dragonwing blog On Facebook: On Twitter: @DragonwingGirl On YouTube: For jpeg photography, interviews or other media inquiries, please contact: Laura Rossi Totten, or 401-487-2453

Dynamic Warm-up and video on Breanna Stewart

Article reinforcing Dr. Lindsay DiStefano's recent blog post on a proper warm-up. Also, good video on Breanna Stewart, who will be playing for Conn after HS.

A great article on concussions from Taylor Twellman.

Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion, Brandi Chastain, shares her inspirations and advice for young women.

Olympic and World Cup Soccer Champion, Brandi Chastain, shares her inspirations and advice for young women. Brandi Chastain Interview Also, check out this interview of players Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy & Brandi Chastain on women and sports.

August 2: Happy Birthday, Skylar Diggins!

Happy birthday to Skylar Diggins, star of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish basketball team. As a sophomore, the guard led her team to the 2011 NCAA championship game, where they lost to Texas A&M. However, Diggins' efforts did not go unnoticed; she was named a 2011 All-American by the Associated Press and a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award. She was also selected as a member of the 2011 State Farm Coaches All-Star Team.

August 25: Happy Birthday, Althea Gibson!

Happy birthday to Althea Gibson, the first African American to compete on the world tennis tour. Called "the Jackie Robinson of tennis" for breaking the color barrier in her respective athletic arena, Gibson is the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam title, as well as the first to be ranked no. 1 in the world. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972.

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.