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_ Cindy Parlow Cone, a member of the U.S. women’s soccer team that won the 1999 World Cup, saying, matter-of-factly, that she always has her GPS on because “I’ll be driving around roads I know by heart and forget where I am.” Parlow Cone, who retired in 2006 because of post-concussion syndrome, is 34.

_ Owen Thomas’ mother replaying the voice mail her son left to wish her a happy birthday. The former Penn football captain killed himself a day later at age 21. His brain showed early signs of CTE.

“We wanted to do a film that not only told the story of Chris Nowinski and how concussions became an important public health issue, but also really take viewers through what we do and don’t know about concussions,” James wrote. “Along the way, we wanted to show how everyone from professional athletes to pee wee football players are being impacted, and give them and their families a foundation to make important decisions about contact sports.

“I hope that the film will generate a lot of interest particularly among parents and their kids who play contact sports,” added James, who returns to Marshall High School, the school attended by Arthur Agee of “Hoop Dreams” fame, to shoot the North Side Raiders game. “The film gives a lot of important information but consciously doesn’t tell parents a bunch of do’s and don’ts. We purposely show parents wrestling with the issue and hope it will generate a lot of discussion.”

The professional leagues have made strides in concussion awareness. The NFL and NHL have both cracked down on flagrant hits, and tightened their rules for treating concussions. The NFL now has a trainer at each game whose sole responsibility is to look for players who might have suffered a head injury.

But progress has come slower in youth sports, where parents and coaches have been reluctant to acknowledge their children are as vulnerable as an NFL lineman _ maybe even more. In one scene in “Head Games,” a trainer accuses Nowinski of scare tactics after he gives a seminar to high school parents and coaches on concussions and head trauma.

Those involved with the film hope “Head Games” can help close that gap.

“I can certainly say there’s been a change of mentality. But not a complete buy-in,” Primeau said. “We set up a booth at a youth hockey tournament, and a child may stop by to see the information only to have the parent scurry them along so I guess they’re not exposed to it. That’s a fear and an ignorance we need to overcome.

“Ignoring it doesn’t mean it’s not going on.”