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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: Public over-aware but under-informed about concussions

CHICAGO | When the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued its updated guidelines for the management of concussion last year, the organization received a dose of criticism in this space and the New York Times for being late to the game.

July 14, 2014 6:22 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Take no offense from truth of these stories

If you are a fan of Major League Baseball, you can’t help but notice that hitting production continues to fall. This year is worse than last and the decline, in just about every category, has been steady over the last five years.

June 09, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Without better balance some sports may tumble

On Thursday, President Barack Obama hosted a “Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit” at the White House.

June 02, 2014 5:47 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Lawsuit involving three Bears no NFL fairy tale

When Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was put on the disabled list on Friday — probably for the remainder of the season — I couldn’t help but think of the lawsuit filed a week ago against the NFL by eight disgruntled former players, including three Bears. (Hundreds more are looking…

May 26, 2014 3:18 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Concussion, politics, and sports make strange bedfellows

The media’s narrative on concussion has been pretty consistent for the last five years. Concussion equals controversy, possible catastrophe, and an inevitable diagnosis of CTE — that’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

May 19, 2014 6:53 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: 'Dilemma' pitches value of throwing as a healthy changeup

It didn’t register on Saturday’s Nielsen Ratings. Too bad. Because the parents and coaches of every youth baseball player in the country should have been watching the broadcast of “MLB Network Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma.”

May 12, 2014 7:42 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Don't jump to bad conclusions by cutting PE

In this age of tight school budgets, politicians and school administrators are always looking to limit or reduce expenses. And one of their favorite targets when they start swinging the financial ax is physical education.

May 05, 2014 6:09 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Schools, youth leagues and colleges face new head and heart laws

In July of 2012, Indiana joined what was then a rising tide of states to implement a “concussion” law. Since then, the count of states with such legislation has risen to 50.

April 21, 2014 8:10 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Diving belongs in a pool, not on the diamond

Forrest Gump was right. Stupid is as stupid does. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton offers the latest proof.

April 14, 2014 6:05 pm

DOHERTY: Tapes offer a second look to tell the true tale

As Notre Dame center Natalie Achonwa attempted a lay-up with 4:51 to go in the NCAA Regional Final eight days ago, she was pushed from behind by a desperate Baylor defender. The ploy worked, throwing Achonwa off stride, causing her to miss the shot — but not before an official’s whistle blew.

April 07, 2014 5:33 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: The rest of this story should take a year

Just a year ago, with the Final Four field set, many Calumet Region fans were pulling for Michigan. With Spike Albrecht (Crown Point HS), Mitch McGary (Chesterton HS), and Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central HS) wearing the maize and blue, the allegiance was natural.

March 31, 2014 7:32 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: A bone to pick with hopeful hoopsters

Eight days ago, University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced that seven-foot freshman Joel Embiid would miss the Big 12 tournament and most likely the first weekend of the NCAA tournament due to a stress fracture in his low back.

March 17, 2014 6:24 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Saving lives takes athletic trainers and the right equipment

On Feb. 25, Portage High School hosted Kankakee Valley in a boys’ basketball game. It was a pretty forgettable affair except perhaps for the Portage players and coaches who won, 44-40.

March 10, 2014 6:09 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Use your head by not using your head

For the latter half of last week, one story — other than the crisis in Ukraine — dominated international headlines: brain damage associated with playing soccer.

March 03, 2014 5:46 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Exercise is cheap but valuable medicine

Over the last three decades, an oft-cited source in this space has been The Physician and Sportsmedicine journal (PSM). With its motto of “Exercise is Medicine,” PSM may be the perfect resource if you don’t want The Times continuing series — “What’s Killing the Region?” — to apply to you.

February 17, 2014 6:58 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Hard questions, few answers, after baseball death

By all accounts, Dylan Williams was the friendliest player on the Union City (Ind.) 8-year-old All-Star baseball team. And the best.

July 22, 2013 5:00 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

Two tales of one athletic trainer

For athletic trainer Tim Bream, it is most certainly the best of times and the worst of times.

May 27, 2013 5:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: The Is have it: Illinois feels same heat as Iowa, Indiana next

One day after I wrote last week's column on Iowa banning two-a-day high school football practices effective this fall, the Illinois High School Association announced its own plan to battle heat illness. It didn't go as far as Iowa. Instead, it mimicked the NCAA, banning two-a-days on consecu…

May 13, 2013 3:32 pm

Sun setting on two-a-days

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine isn’t the first place administrators, athletic trainers, coaches, and team physicians refer to for guidance. However, a study published there in January and cited last week in Scientific American warrants their interest.

May 06, 2013 3:00 pm

SPORTS MEDICINE: Injuries which are tough to stomach kneed watching

Rather than Manti Te’o not being drafted in the first round, D.J. Hayden being taken by Oakland with the 12th overall pick should have been THE story of last week’s NFL draft.

April 29, 2013 5:00 pm
JOHN DOHERTY: Achilles tendon injuries fatal only to Achilles

JOHN DOHERTY: Achilles tendon injuries fatal only to Achilles

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was an invincible warrior during the Trojan War. His power, it was thought, came from being dipped in the River Styx as a child by his mother. However in so doing, she gripped him tightly by the back of the heel, not allowing the water to touch him ther…

April 15, 2013 4:00 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: For ACL recovery, the mind matters

I have long said an athlete tearing his or her ACL is much like a death in the family. Certainly not the same, but “much like" in that the athlete and his or her family experience genuine grief — with all its stages.

March 18, 2013 5:24 pm


Basketball certainly is a contact sport — and that's just in the sports section of the newspaper. The verbal jousting of late has been as bad as I've seen — and that's just among members of the same team.

March 11, 2013 8:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainers march on

With a slogan that reads, “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer,” the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has designated March as National Athletic Training Month.

March 04, 2013 5:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletes drowning in search for Fountain of Youth

It's been 500 years since Ponce De Leon set off from Puerto Rico in search of the Fountain of Youth. Instead, he found Florida.

February 18, 2013 5:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Cardiac safety legislation well-intended but not well-aimed

Over the last four years, the NFL and like-minded groups have had one success after another promoting youth concussion safety legislation in statehouses nationwide.

February 11, 2013 4:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Concussion season is never ending

Football season may have ended Sunday but concussion season did not. Other sports and recreational activities continue and, with them, hits to the head.

February 04, 2013 6:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: NFL injury practices far from letter perfect

DEAR JOHN DOHERTY: The New England Patriots played tight end Rob Gronkowski in the divisional playoff game. And he breaks his arm AGAIN! Can you comment on whether a poor and rushed decision was made?-- Thomas Thiel

January 28, 2013 6:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainer's presence saves greatest present of all

Having started in the profession as a student athletic trainer at Blinn College (Texas) in 1963, Mike O'Shea should be retired by now.

January 21, 2013 7:00 pm
John Doherty: Alphabet soup a toxic brew

John Doherty: Alphabet soup a toxic brew

ACL, CTE, HGH, LCL. These letters have dominated sports headlines already this year.

January 14, 2013 6:30 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: Urlacher deserves credit but payment is due

JOHN DOHERTY: Urlacher deserves credit but payment is due

It was inevitable, really. I give the guy credit for lasting as long as he did. Yet Brian Urlacher's most devout fans have to admit that, even prior to his hamstring strain last week, he is no longer the dominant player he once was.

December 10, 2012 5:00 pm
JOHN DOHERTY: Keep concussions in perspective in wake of Chiefs tragedy

JOHN DOHERTY: Keep concussions in perspective in wake of Chiefs tragedy

It didn't take long — hours in fact — for members of the media to start pointing the finger at concussion in the wake of the murder-suicide perpetrated by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. In the same breath, memories of the tragedies involving Junior Seau and Dave Duerson were dredged back up.

December 03, 2012 3:52 pm Photos


John Doherty: Football hits big time at Purdue

Barely bowl eligible and having just fired its head coach, Purdue is hardly the place one would think of as the center of the football universe. Surely, that distinction – for now -- belongs 112 miles to the northeast in South Bend at the University of Notre Dame.

November 26, 2012 3:10 pm

Pediatricians confirm enormous value of athletic trainers at high schools

Two weeks ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual membership meeting in New Orleans featured a position statement, reported on in this space at the time, on cheerleader safety.

November 05, 2012 8:00 pm
John Doherty: Video views verify hits' hurts and healing

John Doherty: Video views verify hits' hurts and healing

INDIANAPOLIS | It was the talk of the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association's annual fall meeting on Saturday evening, here. The “it” was the right knee injury suffered by South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.

October 29, 2012 2:53 pm Photos


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
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