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JOHN DOHERTY: Taking issue with running

Baseball, basketball, and football may be our three biggest spectator sports. Beyond filling stadiums and arenas, they have plenty of participants at the youth and high school levels.

October 20, 2014 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: GPS may point path to great performance strides

Earlier this year, the publicist of Robin Cook asked me to review the author's latest work, “Cell.” The novel’s central premise involved a cell phone app accidentally killing diabetic owners by triggering massive overdoses of insulin.

October 13, 2014 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Concussion critics miss mark hitting Hoke

In the wake of Michigan’s visit to Rutgers on Saturday, the questions for head coach Brady Hoke were less about the Wolverines’ latest loss than they were still about one play from the game the week before.

October 06, 2014 8:27 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Objecting to orthopedic offerings for the 'old'

Dear John: I read your article: "Orthopedic doctors group advocates ACL actions." (The Times, September 23, 2014) In it, you mention that for 18 to 35 year olds surgery is an absolute must, but for older, less-active patients, they may not want to consider surgery but, instead, just go with …

September 29, 2014 5:10 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: AAOS Advocates ACL Actions

In the aftermath of a tear of the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), patient and family — while mourning the loss of a season and possibly a career — must decide the whens, whys, and wherefores of reconstructive surgery.

September 22, 2014 7:00 pm

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
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