Current National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) defender for the Portland Thorns and former US Women's National Team (USWNT) member, 2016 Olympian and 2015 World Cup Champion Meghan Klingenberg has spent her entire career paving the way for women’s soccer to earn prominence on a global scale.
Outside of her rigorous competition schedule, Meghan has made it a personal mission to mentor and empower youth female soccer players. Each year, Meghan hosts a soccer camp for girls in her hometown of Pittsburgh to train and inspire the next generation.
In 2019, Meghan was introduced to the Q-Collar and has been wearing it ever since. She recommends that youth athletes do the same to keep them protected now and in the future.
“If there is one thing I could say to youth athletes is that I wish I had this opportunity to wear the Q-Collar when I was your age. I’ve done a lot of headers and had a lot of elbows to the head. I wasn’t protected. I know how important this brain is going to be especially as we grow up and soccer isn’t going to be the only thing that we do. I think that the Q-Collar is a game changer for youth sports. Now you have the freedom to go out there and be you. Exactly who you want to be, on the field and off.”
The Q-Collar received FDA-clearance in 2021 and is commercially available to any athletes exposed to head impacts in sports like football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer, of course.
To hear more about Meghan’s Q-Collar experience, watch the video here.