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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.

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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: 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: '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

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: 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

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
JOHN DOHERTY: Greenberg's dream emerges from moonlight of concussion

JOHN DOHERTY: Greenberg's dream emerges from moonlight of concussion

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.”

October 01, 2012 5:03 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: ESPN football series a puzzle whose pieces don't fit

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.

September 03, 2012 7:16 pm
Numbing tale worth circulating

Numbing tale worth circulating

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.

July 16, 2012 6:00 pm

Is your school ready for the new concussion law?

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.

July 09, 2012 7:21 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Getting to the heart of screening questions

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.

July 07, 2012 8:15 pm

Conditioning sessions for improving life, not ending it

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.”

July 02, 2012 8:27 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Single kidney not double trouble

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.

June 18, 2012 5:00 pm

Doherty column: Do ultra-endurance sports fit the heart?

Dr. Ken Cooper is referred to as the “Father of Aerobics,” thanks to his work with NASA, the United States Air Force, and his own Cooper Institute, founded in 1970.

May 28, 2012 6:54 pm

Bulls timing it right with Rose

Last week, Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert had the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee reconstructed. That's the same ligament, in the same knee, torn on the same day as Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

May 07, 2012 6:05 pm

Rose a crucial loss on real balance sheet

Let's get this out of the way right away. Those of you blaming Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau for Derrick Rose's injury, just stop. There was still more than 1:20 to play, and with the NBA's 24-second shot clock, a 76ers comeback from 12 down on Saturday wasn't bloody likely but it wasn't im…

April 30, 2012 6:00 pm

No equality in overuse

The universally dreaded anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury — and how women are more likely to suffer one — was covered in this space last week.

April 17, 2012 6:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Remembering an anniversary we can't afford to forget

It's not that far away -- in miles or time passed. Perhaps you remember but if you don't, Fennville, Mich., is just 120 miles from here, a two hour ride, tracing the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan.

February 20, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: It's official: Referees required

On Nov. 18, 1994, referee Paul Danko collapsed during the Munster Basketball O'Rama. And despite the best efforts of athletic trainer Jose Madrigal, medical professionals in the crowd and responding paramedics, the Calumet Region officiating giant could not be resuscitated.

December 19, 2011 3:17 pm
Where do we head next?

Where do we head next?

Last week was not a good one for football, hockey, and soccer - at least when it comes to news reports regarding the safety of those games.

December 12, 2011 10:00 pm

Short preseason will reveal NBA's achilles heel

Lament ye not Bears fans, over running back Matt Forte's knee injury. Nobody likes losing their star tailback — or their quarterback for that matter — but as Bears head coach Lovie Smith said matter-of-factly on Sunday, it's "part of the game."

December 05, 2011 10:00 pm

NSAIDs: Not Smart Addition in Defense against pain

Last week I decried the use of caffeine — or any other stimulant — as a performance enhancer. Much the same can be said for another class of drugs which many may not think of as enhancing performance. However, that is precisely the way these drugs are used all too often.

November 21, 2011 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Thinking through theories on Theo

Before going any further, let me make one thing clear. Theo Epstein was a far more successful general manager than Jim Hendry.

October 31, 2011 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: When to reture is up in the air

Over the weekend, Army beat Northwestern 21-14; Navy gave South Carolina all it could handle before falling 24-21; and Air Force was idle.

September 19, 2011 10:00 pm


Purdue University athletes suffered a rash of anterior cruciate ligament injuries during the 2010-11 school year. The Boilermakers subsequently terminated their strength and conditioning staff, replacing three full-time coaches with nine.

August 29, 2011 5:56 pm

Mental health sometimes fragile in strongest athletes

On Friday, we saw two of Chicago's sports sons -- one adopted, one native -- come unraveled.

August 15, 2011 7:20 pm

Events outpacing plans for concussion monitoring

A bill sits on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk in Illinois, awaiting his signature, which will compel all schools offering interscholastic sports to follow IHSA rules regarding concussion.

July 25, 2011 10:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: PBS program stepped back by putting story ahead of facts

It is an old adage and Mark Twain is largely credited with having said: "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story."

April 18, 2011 10:00 pm

Seattle supreme in survival from SCA

First Wes Leonard, 16, playing basketball in Fennville, Mich., on March 3, and then, just two days later, Matthew Hammerdorfer, 17, playing rugby in Ft. Collins, Colo.

March 14, 2011 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Rose adds spice to ulcer story

Derrick Rose is having quite the season. Seventh in the league in scoring (24.4 ppg) and 10th in assists (8.1 apg), he has lead the Bulls to the best record in the Central Division at 33-14. With a lead of 13 games over the Bucks, it is unlikely the Bulls will finish anywhere but first.

January 31, 2011 10:00 pm

DOHERTY: Gifts worth remembering

Hard to believe it's been 16 years since legendary Calumet Region referee Paul Danko passed away while officiating a high school basketball-o'rama.

December 13, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: With heat on, football needs cool Brees

Cool Brees

December 06, 2010 10:00 pm

John Doherty: No Arguing That These Rules Save Money

Both sides of the health care reform debate are in agreement on one point: costs are out of control.

November 08, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No liberty in being ACL U

In the short span of just two months, Purdue University has become the hub of the sports medicine universe.

November 02, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No escaping concussion issue

Now I know how Michael Corleone felt in The Godfather: Part III. Referring to his unsuccessful efforts to change, he said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."

November 01, 2010 9:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Unhealthy coach can't care for team

With all the years I've spent on a football sideline, I've become pretty good at reading a coach's body language and conduct.

September 27, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Youth sports safety miles away

While the national media -- the New York Times in particular -- have been beating up on football -- the NFL in particular, the National Youth Sports Safety Alliance (NYSSA) has been taking a more level-headed approach.

February 23, 2010 12:00 am
JOHN DOHERTY: Munster's Fisher: Leach crossed the line

JOHN DOHERTY: Munster's Fisher: Leach crossed the line

Since I started occupying this space 25 years ago, I've received the occasional complaint that a particular column was too much about sports and not enough about medicine or vice versa.

January 05, 2010 12:00 am

Red Sox more desperate than our own

At the All-Star break, the Boston Red Sox led the AL East by three games.

August 25, 2009 12:00 am

Local spice added to anti-steroid program

When Old Spice and the Butkus Foundation kicked off their "I Play Clean" campaign last July at Soldier Field, 500 high school football players were there to sign the "I Play Clean Pledge," promising to train hard, eat well and not use illegal steroids.

February 24, 2009 12:00 am

Phony energy causes real crash later

Homeostasis. A big word but it describes a simple concept.

August 27, 2007 12:00 am
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