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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: 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: 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
FROM the FARM: Farm Thanksgiving includes first try at turkey deep-frying

FROM the FARM: Farm Thanksgiving includes first try at turkey deep-frying

Our family is thankful for how quickly my dad has been on the mend after his total knee replacement surgery last week.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am

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

JOHN DOHERTY: Nice guys can finish first

Leo Durocher managed the Cubs from 1966-72. However, it was in 1948 while managing the Brooklyn Dodgers, he is credited with having said, “Nice guys finish last.”

September 09, 2013 6:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Price no predictor of helmet performance

Last month, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment issued a statement that voids its certification of any helmet modified by an external padding system.

August 12, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No capping the football season at its start

Late last month the Times received a press release from the Atlanta manufacturer of Guardian Cap, “a device that was invented to reduce helmet collision momentum transfer.”

August 05, 2013 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Traditions die hard, failure lives on in big leagues

Last week in this space, I wondered why youth baseball leagues didn't uniformly use reduced injury factor baseballs and why they don't have automated external defibrillators on hand at each field.

July 29, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Taking ankle lightly can be heavy burden

Athletes affected by head, heat and heart injuries or conditions attract immediate attention in the media.

July 15, 2013 5:45 pm
New law loosens physical therapy restrictions

New law loosens physical therapy restrictions

A state law that went into effect Monday allows people to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist for 24 calendar days without a doctor's referral.

July 07, 2013 5:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Shrinkage may be salvation of NFL

Amid the hysteria permeating Major League Baseball's Biogenesis scandal, the media largely continues to ignore the 600-pound gorilla sitting in the room.

June 17, 2013 5:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Second Impact Syndrome worth second thought

First, let’s be clear, Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is extremely rare. I know of only one documented case in the last 25 years in Indiana.

May 20, 2013 6:00 pm
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