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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.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama hosted a “Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit” at the White House.
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…
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Forrest Gump was right. Stupid is as stupid does. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton offers the latest proof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the latter half of last week, one story — other than the crisis in Ukraine — dominated international headlines: brain damage associated with playing soccer.
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.
By all accounts, Dylan Williams was the friendliest player on the Union City (Ind.) 8-year-old All-Star baseball team. And the best.
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…
For athletic trainer Tim Bream, it is most certainly the best of times and the worst of times.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
With a slogan that reads, “Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer,” the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has designated March as National Athletic Training Month.
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.
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.
Football season may have ended Sunday but concussion season did not. Other sports and recreational activities continue and, with them, hits to the head.
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
Having started in the profession as a student athletic trainer at Blinn College (Texas) in 1963, Mike O'Shea should be retired by now.
ACL, CTE, HGH, LCL. These letters have dominated sports headlines already this year.
Since becoming effective in July of last year, the Concussion Law in Indiana has generated as many questions as answers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It doesn't seem to matter where you are or what sport holds your interest, there's no escaping the controversy of concussion.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H clubs being known as 4-H.
Field of Dreams is one of this native Bostonian's favorite movies. And not because main character Ray Kinsella of Iowa drives cross-country to Fenway Park — essentially bypassing Wrigley Field — to find the meaning of the messages he hears from “the voice.”
After an off week, Purdue's football team will finish its nonconference schedule by hosting Marshall on Saturday. When the Boilermakers' offense takes the field, will quarterback Robert Marve be in the huddle or still on the sideline?
It’s been 10 days since Tulane safety Devon Walker injured his cervical spine when he collided with a teammate as they tackled a Tulsa receiver. Surgery to stabilize the fracture followed a day later. Since then, not a word about progress. And when it comes to tragedies such as these, no new…
Last week, ESPN presented a “cross-platform” series entitled “Football at a Crossroads.” Using its broadcasts, webpage, and magazines, the sports media giant attempted to examine health issues at all levels of the sport.
When I looked up the story, I couldn't believe it occurred so long ago. However, it is worth retelling. And New York Met pitcher Dillon Gee can probably credit the story and Major League Baseball's devotion to history with saving his arm if not his life.
It may be hard to believe on this relatively early date in July but the fall high school sports season in Indiana starts in just 20 days. Illinois will follow suit 10 days later.
Last month, 2011 Hobart High School graduate Sam Moore, who played football and baseball for the Brickies, collapsed while jogging and could not be revived. In March, Lincoln-Way High School senior baseball player Tom Schuman of New Lenox died in his sleep.
ST. LOUIS | The National Athletic Trainers’ Association used its 63rd annual meeting, here last week, as the venue for the release of an inter-association consensus statement on “Preventing Sudden Death in Collegiate Conditioning Sessions.”
The conventional wisdom, when I was a younger athletic trainer, had been not to allow young athletes with only one working kidney to play in collision/contact sports.
On Thursday, 80-plus lawsuits filed by more than 2,000 ex-players against the National Football League were consolidated into one action in Philadelphia federal court. With that news, the unrelenting assault on football continued.
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