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Athletic Training

JOHN DOHERTY: Public over-aware but under-informed about concussions

CHICAGO | When the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued its updated guidelines for the management of concussion last year, the organization received a dose of criticism in this space and the New York Times for being late to the game.

July 14, 2014 6:22 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Heat rises above head at NATA conference

INDIANAPOLIS | While athletic trainers from across the country were here last week for the NATA’s 65th annual meeting, concussion dominated headlines nationwide.

June 30, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: MLB should bid tobacco adieu

The late Ted Williams is the best hitter (career .344) of my lifetime. By the time he was 80-years-old, though, he was compelled to enter Fenway Park on a July 1999 night as passenger on a golf cart. It had been nearly four decades since he had played his final game there, an episode eloquen…

June 23, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Good time to look at local safety as ATCs gather in Indy

A week from now, athletic trainers from across the country will gather in Indianapolis for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 65th annual Clinical Symposia which runs June 25-28.

June 16, 2014 4:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Ignored aspect of health deserves more thought

INDIANAPOLIS | Since the turn of century, the biggest concerns among sports medics have been ACL injuries — particularly in women — concussions, elbow injuries — particularly among pitchers — heat illness, steroids, spinal injuries, and conditions which might cause sudden cardiac arrest. Exc…

September 30, 2013 6:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Timing a key to concussion recovery

Over the past five years, there has been a steady increase among players, parents, coaches, and medical professionals in the understanding of the need to sit in the immediate aftermath of concussion. Despite the improved appreciation for the initial gravity of the situation, the question fro…

June 10, 2013 4:30 pm

Sun setting on two-a-days

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine isn’t the first place administrators, athletic trainers, coaches, and team physicians refer to for guidance. However, a study published there in January and cited last week in Scientific American warrants their interest.

May 06, 2013 3:00 pm

SPORTS MEDICINE: Injuries which are tough to stomach kneed watching

Rather than Manti Te’o not being drafted in the first round, D.J. Hayden being taken by Oakland with the 12th overall pick should have been THE story of last week’s NFL draft.

April 29, 2013 5:00 pm
JOHN DOHERTY: Achilles tendon injuries fatal only to Achilles

JOHN DOHERTY: Achilles tendon injuries fatal only to Achilles

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was an invincible warrior during the Trojan War. His power, it was thought, came from being dipped in the River Styx as a child by his mother. However in so doing, she gripped him tightly by the back of the heel, not allowing the water to touch him ther…

April 15, 2013 4:00 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

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainers march on

With a slogan that reads, “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer,” the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has designated March as National Athletic Training Month.

March 04, 2013 5:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Cardiac safety legislation well-intended but not well-aimed

Over the last four years, the NFL and like-minded groups have had one success after another promoting youth concussion safety legislation in statehouses nationwide.

February 11, 2013 4:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainer's presence saves greatest present of all

Having started in the profession as a student athletic trainer at Blinn College (Texas) in 1963, Mike O'Shea should be retired by now.

January 21, 2013 7:00 pm

THE BODY SHOP: Kinesio tape supports healing

If you watched the summer Olympics, you probably noticed colorful tape and intricate patterns adorning some of the athletes’ bodies. These designs weren’t for aesthetic reasons; rather, it’s an elastic therapeutic tape called Kineseo tape. The tape was created over 30 years ago for sumo wres…

October 16, 2012 3:17 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: ESPN football series a puzzle whose pieces don't fit

Last week, ESPN presented a “cross-platform” series entitled “Football at a Crossroads.” Using its broadcasts, webpage, and magazines, the sports media giant attempted to examine health issues at all levels of the sport.

September 03, 2012 7:16 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Getting to the heart of screening questions

Last month, 2011 Hobart High School graduate Sam Moore, who played football and baseball for the Brickies, collapsed while jogging and could not be revived. In March, Lincoln-Way High School senior baseball player Tom Schuman of New Lenox died in his sleep.

July 07, 2012 8:15 pm

Conditioning sessions for improving life, not ending it

ST. LOUIS | The National Athletic Trainers’ Association used its 63rd annual meeting, here last week, as the venue for the release of an inter-association consensus statement on “Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions.”

July 02, 2012 8:27 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Single kidney not double trouble

The conventional wisdom, when I was a younger athletic trainer, had been not to allow young athletes with only one working kidney to play in collision/contact sports.

June 18, 2012 5:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Remembering an anniversary we can't afford to forget

It's not that far away -- in miles or time passed. Perhaps you remember but if you don't, Fennville, Mich., is just 120 miles from here, a two hour ride, tracing the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan.

February 20, 2012 10:00 pm
Where Are They Now?: Former Munster athlete now an athletic trainer

Where Are They Now?: Former Munster athlete now an athletic trainer

Brandon Platt said his graduate assistant position at the University of Georgia is as sweet as one of the state's peaches.

July 19, 2010 10:00 pm
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