Since their release eight days ago, the updated Sports Concussion Guidelines issued by the American Academy of Neurology have generated quite the buzz. Every major television network trumpeted the news. Even the Wall Street Journal took interest.
Since becoming effective in July of last year, the Concussion Law in Indiana has generated as many questions as answers.
Because concussion is the diagnosis du jour, more than a few members of the media were quick to question whether it played a role in the monstrosity perpetrated by Jevon Belcher two weeks ago.
It doesn't seem to matter where you are or what sport holds your interest, there's no escaping the controversy of concussion.
Former Chicago Bear linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer has no trouble recalling the blow he took in a 2010 preseason game, the one that effectively ended his eight-year NFL career.
It may be hard to believe on this relatively early date in July but the fall high school sports season in Indiana starts in just 20 days. Illinois will follow suit 10 days later.
Recent columns regarding head injuries in sports -- football, specifically -- have readers thinking about how to save America's game and the boys and men who play it. Here is a sampling, edited for brevity and clarity:
Last week was not a good one for football, hockey, and soccer - at least when it comes to news reports regarding the safety of those games.
A year ago, I interviewed Purdue University director of athletic training education Larry Leverenz, PhD, ATC at the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association's annual meeting. We talked about his ongoing study on the effect of repeated head impacts on high school football players.
ST JOHN | Lake Central athletic director Robin Tobias recently attended a concussion clinic, with athletic trainer Chris Hall, which convinced the pair to change the way in which the high school screens its athletes for possible concussion injuries, Tobias told the Lake Central School Board …
Interest in concussion and its management has never been higher. In the last year-and-a-half, Time and Sports Illustrated have been among the national magazines which have devoted cover stories to head injuries in sports. Even National Geographic jumped into the fray with a feature story in …
When Hobart played Valparaiso on Friday in the Merrillville Sectional, Jake Trezak figured to occupy his usual spot behind the plate, the same position he's manned for three years for the Brickies.
The fifth annual National Summit on Sports Concussion was held in Los Angeles on Friday, with experts from across the country marveling at how much has been learned in the last 10 years, while admitting there is so much further to go.
CHICAGO | Keep kids with concussions off the field, or your school could be forced to pay up.
When you're an athletic trainer for a major college program at the start of two-a-day football practices, you learn to identify the more talented players and the good guys among the freshman class.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany | Cautious is usually not the best way to describe Lindsey Vonn.
NEW YORK | Tiger Woods' humbling return to the public eye, from his televised confession to a winless season on the golf course, was voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.
Now I know how Michael Corleone felt in The Godfather: Part III. Referring to his unsuccessful efforts to change, he said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
(editor's note: this is the final column in the concussion series)
(Editor's note: John Doherty continues his concussion series)
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