Your Curated Guide to Women's Sports

Mondays: Soccer
By: Annie Peterson, AP Women's Soccer
Twitter: @AnnieMPeterson

Wednesdays: Basketball
By: Howard Megdal, High Post Hoops
Twitter: @HowardMegdal

Fridays: Hockey
By: Erica Ayala, NWHL Broadcaster
Twitter: @ELindsay08
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What did she say?!— Interview with the Connecticut Whale—must-click women's hockey links

I came across an article about concussions in sports. The article wanted to bring attention to the topic as it relates to women's soccer and women's ice hockey. I was very curious about the topic, given I had just spoken to a friend about the unanswered questions about concussions for girls and women. 

However, from the headline I already found myself on guard. The story is entitled: Sports for Dummies: Female athletes must learn to be physical for their safety!

I soldiered on—a skill I must have picked up away from the basketball court and baseball/softball diamond—and continued to read. Again, I see value in understanding the potential reasons females suffer more concussions than males who play hockey or soccer. 

The story links to a scholarly report, also summarized in a Vox story from February. According to Mac Schneider, the report offers several possible reasons for the high concussion rates among females, including reporting bias, style of play, and even strength of neck, to name a few. 

However, this article, with little more than anecdotal data, suggests girls and women suffer more from concussion because they "aren’t taught to be physical in the same way men are. This means they’re never taught how to protect themselves from injury because they’re taught to assume it won’t happen."

I think there is something here, but the presentation has left a foul taste in my mouth. What do you think? Reach me via Twitter @elindsay08 if you would like to share your thoughts on the article or the topic in general. Article link with all the others below!

This Week in Women's Hockey 

This is the article that sparked my rant. What are your thoughts?

I talked more sports & politics with Miye D'Oench for ThinkProgress.

I also wrote about another former Five at The IX guest Ailish Forfar and her amazing travels!

Here is more on #OneLeague. I'm taking a bit of a break, but have at it!

Now, I did read this story on women in hockey broadcasting

Meredith Foster has a new series: The Nordic News!

Mike Murphy caught up with Lyndsey Fry, a woman on a mission to grow hockey in Arizona!

Speaking of, I've subscribed to the Arizona State WoHo newsletter. I suggest you do too!

Shannon Miller is out as Calgary Inferno head coach ... hopefully more on this next week. 

NWHL All-Star rosters are set! Are you #TeamSzabados or #TeamStecklein?

The CWHL released their All-Stars in bunches, but here is the full list! Captains vote is forthcoming. 


Tweet of the week!

The great outdoors! Love the international flavor too. 


Five at The IX:

Here is a roundup of quotes from Connecticut Whale camp! Shannon Doyle, Nina Rodgers and Ryan Equale weigh in on the state of #ThePod

Erica L. Ayala: Shannon, you talked just a minute ago about knowing that in the shootout loss to the Riveters last week, the team had more to give. How important is it for the Whale to keep improving, despite the fact every team makes the playoffs?
Shannon Doyle: It's really important to have these games under our belt because, even though everyone makes the playoffs, it's really about the mentality and feeling that you know once you've reached the playoffs ... you know what your team has and you know what your best is.

Performing like this now in December is definitely going to help us when March rolls around. 

ELA: You get your first professional goal here in Pittsburgh. You've been on a line [with Emily Fluke & Katerina Mrazova] that's really been buzzing ... what did you see on your goal today?
Nina Rogers: My teammate/roommate [Shannon] Doyle was calling for the puck and she shot it and I was fortunate enough to bang in the rebound. 

ELA: How do you think the momentum from the past three games with the Riveters will favor the team as you head back to Buffalo next week?
NR: Coach [Ryan Equale] reminded us we got seven out of nine points available in the series with the Riveters. It's just awesome ... Meeri [Raisanen] getting a shutout win on her birthday, can't get much better! We're all very happy and hope to keep it going!

ELA: Your doing another long road trip and will play the Buffalo Beauts who are coming off a 4-game exhibition series with Team Russia. How do you think all that might factor into Saturday's game?
Ryan Equale: We expect them to be very sharp and in shape. Whether they're playing NWHL teams or other teams, it doesn't matter. They're playing as a team and continuing to get to know each other. 

From our side, we just remain focused on what we control. The players feel good about themselves and they should. I think everyone has embraced the "road warrior" mentality. So, that part is not going to phase us. We know what to do with our bodies to be ready to go for a seven hour bus trip.

Without the team [specifically] talking about it, our expectation is that they are excited to play Buffalo again. It's been kind of a quirky schedule ... it's nice to go up against a team we last saw October 13th having developed more as players and as a team. It's exciting to test the waters again and she how far we've come.

ELA: You joked earlier about the team responding better to [player-coach Cydney Roesler] during practice and games. I've heard there is a defender returning to the league. Is that correct, that Colleen Murphy is coming here to Connecticut?
RE: Yeah, we're going to sign Colleen to a [professional tryout]. We spoke to the team before practice tonight. For us, it's a good fit for a number of reasons. She knows the Buffalo team obviously very well, having played for them last year and we need another right-handed defenseman and she satisfies that need as well. So, we expect her to step in and if nothing else, contribute from a game planning perspective and hopefully on the ice as well. 
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