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JOHN DOHERTY: Are injury prevention priorities misplaced?

For all the ongoing angst involving concussion, the injury is almost always far less debilitating than a torn ACL in the knee.

January 06, 2014 6:15 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Don't fear the training table

Multiple conversations with high school, college and pro sports certified athletic trainers over the last three weeks has come up with one revelation: no one likes the doctor.

December 08, 2013 9:00 pm


Contrary to what the talking heads on ESPN said over the weekend, Derrick Rose did not suffer another torn “ligament” or a torn “medical” meniscus.

November 25, 2013 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: For ACL recovery, the mind matters

I have long said an athlete tearing his or her ACL is much like a death in the family. Certainly not the same, but “much like" in that the athlete and his or her family experience genuine grief — with all its stages.

March 18, 2013 5:24 pm


Basketball certainly is a contact sport — and that's just in the sports section of the newspaper. The verbal jousting of late has been as bad as I've seen — and that's just among members of the same team.

March 11, 2013 8:00 pm
John Doherty: Alphabet soup a toxic brew

John Doherty: Alphabet soup a toxic brew

ACL, CTE, HGH, LCL. These letters have dominated sports headlines already this year.

January 14, 2013 6:30 pm
Merrillville's Gaines ready to begin season after long summer off

Merrillville's Gaines ready to begin season after long summer off

MERRILLVILLE | Victoria Gaines can still describe the play that sidelined her for eight months.

November 02, 2012 8:00 pm

John Doherty: Making dollars and sense of ACL injuries

After an off week, Purdue's football team will finish its nonconference schedule by hosting Marshall on Saturday. When the Boilermakers' offense takes the field, will quarterback Robert Marve be in the huddle or still on the sideline?

September 24, 2012 6:19 pm

Urycki overcomes mental pain to bounce back from torn ACL

CHESTERTON | The physical pain was evident in the ice packs strapped to her left knee after tough matches, but it was the mental pain that slowly took over Katie Urycki’s mind last season.

September 03, 2012 6:55 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Taking issue with the knee

With the NCAA Women's Basketball championship game between Notre Dame and Baylor scheduled for tonight, there is no better time to talk about knee injuries.

April 02, 2012 10:00 pm


Purdue University athletes suffered a rash of anterior cruciate ligament injuries during the 2010-11 school year. The Boilermakers subsequently terminated their strength and conditioning staff, replacing three full-time coaches with nine.

August 29, 2011 5:56 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No liberty in being ACL U

In the short span of just two months, Purdue University has become the hub of the sports medicine universe.

November 02, 2010 10:00 pm
Hummel's second ACL injury a rare occurrence

Hummel's second ACL injury a rare occurrence

Brittany Stelter couldn't text the words fast enough. She and Purdue senior Robbie Hummel both tore the same ACL twice, she wrote to her high school basketball coach Marc Bruner this weekend.

October 19, 2010 11:00 pm
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