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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

JOHN DOHERTY: Action in arena often away from athletes

From Friday night in suburban Indianapolis to Sunday afternoon in Chicago, sports medics had their hands full last weekend — with the athletes being the least of their worries.

November 18, 2013 6:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Crucial for coaches to care for selves

It's just more than three years since I last wrote about this topic, but with the circumstances of the last two weeks, it demands attention again.

November 11, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Diamond difficulties demand decisions

With the end of the baseball season last week, fans of the game are now looking forward to a 2014 season which will introduce expanded video review of close and controversial calls. In 2013, umpires were allowed to see video only to review home run calls — whether the ball actually cleared t…

November 04, 2013 7:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No denying Frontline's concussion concern

This column was supposed to be a follow-up to last week's regarding mental health issues among collegiate athletes. However, recent events sometimes have a way of taking over one's best laid plans.

October 07, 2013 9:00 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: Waste from haste leaves more than bad taste

Driving home Saturday night after watching Butler play Dartmouth, my daughter and I were listening to the radio when Frank Sinatra's “Fly Me to the Moon” came on.

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm
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