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NCAA settles head injury suit, will change rules

NCAA settles head injury suit, will change rules

CHICAGO | The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

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Many new laws take effect Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS | Dozens of Indiana state laws take effect Tuesday. Here are some of the new laws that may directly affect area residents:

June 28, 2014 10:30 pm
Pierre Thomas talks concussions, safety in NFL

Pierre Thomas talks concussions, safety in NFL

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas was back in his hometown of Lansing, Illinois, for his annual youth football camp. He talked with the media about safety issues in the NFL and risk of lingering effects from concussions.

June 24, 2014 7:31 pm

How did the Indiana legislative session affect you?

INDIANAPOLIS | For better or worse, there's likely something affecting every Hoosier in at least one of the 224 legislative proposals the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly has sent Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

March 15, 2014 7:30 pm

Legislature wraps session with busy final day

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana General Assembly adjourned for the year late Thursday night, ending a 10-week session dominated initially by the marriage amendment, but concluding with proposals to significantly improve the state's roads, preschool education, criminal code and other matters.

March 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Business tax cut advances at Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled House approved a business tax cut proposal Monday that's expected to be merged with a state Senate-revised measure into one plan that its supporters claim will create jobs for Hoosiers.

March 03, 2014 7:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: The serious business of 'mild' head injuries

Ten days ago in Munster, neurosurgeon Julian Bales, MD, one of the top concussion experts in the nation, appeared at Community Healthcare System's annual neurosurgery symposium.

September 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Indiana lawmakers study how to prevent concussions for youth athletes

INDIANAPOLIS | The brother of late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson endorsed a plan Friday that would require all Indiana youth football coaches be trained in detecting and preventing concussions, but also urged state lawmakers studying the issue not to ignore other youth sports.

September 13, 2013 3:10 pm

NCAA rejects lawyers' claims in concussion lawsuit

CHICAGO | Rejecting claims made in a lawsuit concerning concussions, the NCAA said Saturday it has taken steps to protect student athletes from head injuries and that player safety is among the college sports association's core principles.

July 20, 2013 6:30 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

'New' concussion guidelines long overdue

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.

March 25, 2013 6:00 pm

John Doherty: Concussion law has more than one flaw

Since becoming effective in July of last year, the Concussion Law in Indiana has generated as many questions as answers.

January 07, 2013 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Enhancement the NFL doesn't need

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.

December 17, 2012 3:00 pm
John Doherty: Heady times across sports spectrum

John Doherty: Heady times across sports spectrum

It doesn't seem to matter where you are or what sport holds your interest, there's no escaping the controversy of concussion.

October 15, 2012 4:17 pm
Former Chicago Bear Hillenmeyer shares his concussion history

Former Chicago Bear Hillenmeyer shares his concussion history

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.

October 04, 2012 9:00 am

Is your school ready for the new concussion law?

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.

July 09, 2012 7:21 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Dear John, readers questions tackle head injuries

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:

January 23, 2012 10:00 pm
Where do we head next?

Where do we head next?

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.

December 12, 2011 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Silence no option with Purdue head work

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.

November 07, 2011 10:00 pm

Lake Central adopts stringent concussion policy

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 …

August 03, 2011 10:00 pm
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