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JOHN DOHERTY: Program provides proof that exercise is medicine

Next month, this column will be starting its 30th year. A frequently cited source in this space, however, is even older. The Physician and Sportsmedicine journal (PSM) is in its 43rd year. And throughout its four-plus decades, one of its primary mottos has been “exercise is medicine.”

July 28, 2014 8:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Hold the hype on helmet sensors

Since the publication of two stories on the Brain Sentry helmet sensor in Friday’s Times, the questions coming this way haven’t stopped, both in person and by email. What do I think of the device? Isn’t it wonderful?

July 21, 2014 8:15 pm

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

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: Athletic trainers are a few good men and women

As National Athletic Training Month draws to a close, it may be worth considering what the schools in your community have or don’t have in terms of athletic training services.

March 24, 2014 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Nonsense of wild world of sports

In October of last year, as the anti-football drumbeat among the media grew ever louder, Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter infamously tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen in Game 2 of the ALCS.

February 24, 2014 6:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Elite Winter Athletes Offer Ample Lessons

For the next two weeks, we will watch the world’s best winter athletes compete for gold in Sochi, Russia..

February 10, 2014 6:21 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: Doing due diligence deters disastrous deals

You are Jerry Reinsdorf and you’ve been watching a $94.8 million paycheck look good in a suit on the bench for most of the last three seasons. You have also thrown in the cost of an MRI or three for the same beneficiary — plus two knee surgeries and all that rehab.

December 02, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Fun and danger in all the games we play

Having watched the video several times, I still can't believe Oakland A's – and former White Sox – pitcher Brandon McCarthy was able to stand up and walk off the field with little assistance last Wednesday after being struck on the right side of the head by a line drive.

September 10, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Imperfect performance enhancers permeate sports

What do Brian Urlacher, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Lance Armstrong have in common? Their tragedies – of varying degrees – have all come together at approximately the same time for approximately the same reason.

August 27, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: NL will have unnatural advantage in World Series

Winning the All-Star game last month guaranteed home-field advantage to the National League in this year's World Series. Fat lot of good that will do the Cubs.

August 20, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Urlacher's status on 'kneed' to know basis

Perhaps you don't recall the play. It was late in the January season finale against the Vikings when Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and safety Major Wright arrived at the same spot in the end zone at the same time.

August 13, 2012 6:45 pm
JOHN DOHERTY: Hamstrings leave athletes in knots

JOHN DOHERTY: Hamstrings leave athletes in knots

Amazing how the same injury on two athletes can cause such entirely different outcomes.

August 06, 2012 10:00 pm Photos

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JOHN DOHERTY: Making a pitch for sanity

Major League Baseball teams have all reached the 100-game mark. The trading deadline is today. The stretch run is on.

July 30, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: New coaches course combats heat

In this hottest of summers, it may seem more than just a coincidence that the National Federation released last week a free online course entitled “A Guide to Heat Acclimatization & Heat Illness Prevention.”

July 23, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Fluid presentation at IHSAA conference

The IHSAA's 9th annual Student Leadership Conference was held a week ago at Plainfield High School. With over 800 students in attendance from 93 high schools across the state, it featured speakers discussing various topics ranging from “Eating to Win” to “Me, TV and Other Media.”

June 25, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainers belong on 'Frontline'

Watching Rory McIlroy unravel during the Masters' final round, I heard one CBS commentator say, "It's a brutal game and we're all a little fragile."

April 11, 2011 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Too much, too soon, too much trouble

Last week when talking to strength and conditioning coach Ken Croner (Munster Sports Performance) about hamstring strains, we focused mainly on gluteal strengthening as vaccine and antidote.

April 04, 2011 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Playing sports sometimes safer than being at home

A week ago, sitting just behind the White Sox dugout for their game against the Red Sox, I was able to see up close just how suddenly dangerous a splintering baseball bat can be.

October 04, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Chemistry commands concussion comeback

A concussion isn't like a sprained ankle. You can't see any swelling. Days later, there is no limp. No need for crutches.

October 02, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Numbers in concussion study not all bad

On Aug. 30, the American Academy of Pediatrics published the results of a study which demonstrated a dramatic increase in emergency room visits for concussion among children between 1997 and 2007.

September 23, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Shattering experience mars baseball game

In May of last year, echoing baseball safety experts, I made a simple proposal.

September 20, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Injury issues interfere in NFL negotiations

Ever since the 1992 presidential election, politicians -- and economists -- have been fond of saying, "It's the economy, stupid."

September 13, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Pop and pain provide perilous picture

When Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was removed from his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 21 due to sudden pain in his throwing arm, one seemingly innocuous comment brought the nature of his misfortune into crystal-clear focus for me.

August 30, 2010 9:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: New concussion rule makes ATCs a necessity

In the wake of the first full week of the fall prep sports season, my experience has confirmed my suspicions. Referees are extremely reluctant to implement the new rule which requires them to remove any participant who shows any signs of having a concussion.

August 24, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: ALS link to concussions not new

Scientists at Boston University, in a study to be published next month in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, examined the spinal cords of two former NFL players and one boxer who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease) and de…

August 21, 2010 8:30 pm

No playing games with concussion

As high school contests get under way this week, referees in Illinois and Indiana are faced with enforcing a new concussion rule which was mandated earlier this year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

August 16, 2010 8:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: After a quarter century, stories won't stop

When then-Times assistant sports editor Paul Mullaney approached me about writing this column early in the summer of 1985, I thought I could do a pretty good job of it -- for a year or two. Then, I expected, the ideas would run out.

August 09, 2010 10:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: A rave review for salt

With apologies to Angelina Jolie, this column is not about her current hit movie. Not my department.

August 03, 2010 10:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Concussion controversies continue

The Midwest Center for Concussion Care (www.midwestconcussion.com) held its annual update on assessment and treatment of the condition at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge a week ago.

July 27, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Peavy situation an unfortunate chain of events

During a recent appearance on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" on WJOB-AM (1230), I was asked what I thought about White Sox then-ace Jake Peavy continuing to pitch -- and pitch well -- despite an MRI that showed fluid on the rotator cuff in his shoulder.

July 12, 2010 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Cubs anger issues go beyond Zambrano

When reader Kenneth Claus of Crown Point called last week, he had one question: had I written my column claiming the Cubs' overuse of Carlos Zambrano would ruin his career before or after the Cubs re-signed him for $91 million? Because if I had written it before, he said, "You were right."

July 05, 2010 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Skin topical at annual NATA meeting

PHILADELPHIA | Concussions, fractures, heat illness and sprains and strains.

June 29, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Physical therapy is recession-proof

BOSTON | Walking the floor of the exhibit hall at the American Physical Therapy Association's annual conference, here, one could find rehabilitation products of all sizes and prices. There was a low back support to strap to a chair for $10. A balance testing and exercise system cost just ove…

June 22, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Injury standards disabled for Cup Finals

As the Stanley Cup and Blackhawks visited Wrigley Field on Sunday night, there was no questioning which team of the three present was the most successful -- and toughest.

June 15, 2010 12:00 am
JOHN DOHERTY: Now is the time to Play Ball!

JOHN DOHERTY: Now is the time to Play Ball!

The Book of Ecclesiastes had it right. Chapter three, verse one reads, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."

June 11, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Shouldering the responsibility of good health

Athletes who make a living by throwing something or using a racket -- and their coaches -- have been hearing it for the better part of the last 20 years:

June 08, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Some readers cheer more than others

Dear John: Your (May 18) column, "Cheerleading (and football) challenged to change" stated, "And while football continues to be the sport with the highest rate of concussion, (Dr. Fred) Mueller told those gathered that the most dangerous sport, when it comes to catastrophic injuries, is undo…

June 01, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Statistics are emotionless things. The numbers may or may not be significant, depending on more mathematical calculations that pass judgment on such matters.

May 25, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Cheerleading (and football) challenged to change

LOS ANGELES | The Sports Concussion Institute, based here, held its fourth annual National Summit last week. A mixture of administrators, athletic trainers, coaches, neuropsychologists, physical therapists and physicians attended, more than 150 from across the country.

May 18, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Overdose of medicine -- & law -- in sports

When I started writing this column nearly a quarter-century ago, I thought I'd run out of topics in two or three years. How wrong I was. Granted, there's been the odd week when I've rerun a column but usually because its topicality has recurred. More often than not, though, the problem hasn'…

May 11, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletes aren't only ones who play through pain

Don't think of a professional musician as an athlete? Think again.

May 04, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERY: Settling on advice for Big Ben

One word of practical advice to Ben Roethlisberger before I dispense the medical kind: settle.

April 27, 2010 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: Football helmets do more good than harm

During my years at Notre Dame (1977-81) as a student then staff athletic trainer, a frequent visitor to football practices was Paul Castner. His name may not stick out for most Irish fans.

April 20, 2010 12:00 am
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