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JOHN DOHERTY: Chemicals fuel explosions on and off field

In the midst of what has been described by multiple media mavens as the NFL’s “worst week,” the league finally reached agreement with its union to start testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

September 15, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Challenge ... It's How You Play the Game

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter asked if I had heard that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had started with an afflicted Red Sox fan in front of the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Unfortunately, I told her, I knew all too well.

September 08, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Wally Pipp leading to a still-stewing story

As I walked out of the Munster locker room in the aftermath of the Mustangs’ victory over Chesterton on Friday night, I overheard Times sportswriter Jim Peters interviewing Mustang running back Dom Lucito by the door. As I passed by, Lucito was explaining he first entered the line-up in 2013…

September 01, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: New study smudges shine on STAR system

For the past year or so, local television stations nationwide — two in Indianapolis — have featured news stories about the supposedly scandalous state of football helmets in high schools and junior highs in their coverage areas.

August 25, 2014 6:01 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Exercise prevents fever and fever should prevent exercise

With the school year about to start or already having done so, large numbers of youngsters will be in close proximity. And with that, the chances increase dramatically for the spread of infectious disease.

August 18, 2014 5:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Injury bug hunts Irish receiver Hunter

If there is one word to describe Detroit Tiger centerfielder Torii Hunter, 38, it is “durable.” Heck, in last year’s ALCS, he was knocked out diving over a wall trying to catch a ball but stayed in the game.

August 11, 2014 4:52 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Nothing lucky about Lou Gehrig's disease

Friday was the 75th anniversary of the most famous farewell in the history of sports. On July 4, 1939 in Yankee Stadium, just two weeks after being diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig told the crowd, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the fac…

July 07, 2014 5:15 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

Governor appoints nine from region to state boards

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence recently appointed several Northwest Indiana residents to various state boards and commissions.

June 07, 2014 7:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Indiana is latest state with sudden cardiac arrest law

Two years ago, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted — and Governor Tom Corbett signed — a well-intended law, championed by the parents of an infant who died of a previously undetected heart disorder at the 14 weeks old in 2004.

April 28, 2014 5:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Stumbling on steps in standards

“Football is the most popular sport in the world,” reads the opening line in an article forwarded to me by Medscape last month.

February 03, 2014 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Indiana leads Head Health Challenge

The NFL and GE announced 16 winning groups in the first round of their $20 million “Head Health Challenge” just six days ago. Looking at the list of winners, three are from outside the United States. Among the American groups, 12 states are represented.

January 27, 2014 6:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletes shouldering quite a burden

While the snow piles up around us, here’s a happy thought to sustain you: spring training is just more than a month away at the professional level.

January 20, 2014 5:15 pm

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

JOHN DOHERTY: 2013 was a year of stories that weren't

This time a year ago, I was writing about all the remarkable comebacks that had occurred in 2012: the Colts and Chuck Pagano, the Broncos and Peyton Manning, and the Vikings and Adrian Peterson.

December 30, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Officials like Danko more important than ever

For the last 19 years around this time, in this space, I have given thanks for and to the officials who keep our games safer than they otherwise would be.

December 16, 2013 7:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Fitness foundation necessary for athlete success

If you saw the Sunday Special in this section two days ago, you learned how unwise it is to specialize in one sport at the youth and high school levels. As reported by Times sports writer Hillary Smith, the data is pretty clear.

December 09, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Uneven RTP after ACL in NBA

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
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