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Since concussion became a greater cause of concern 15 years ago, the first question from mouths of afflicted players has been: “How soon can I play again?”
For all the ongoing angst involving concussion, the injury is almost always far less debilitating than a torn ACL in the knee.
This time a year ago, I was writing about all the remarkable comebacks that had occurred in 2012: the Colts and Chuck Pagano, the Broncos and Peyton Manning, and the Vikings and Adrian Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
After a concussion, athlete, coach, and parents are naturally concerned with how soon a return to play is possible.
"Heaven Can Wait" is one of my favorite movies. A romantic comedy starring -- and written, directed and produced by -- Warren Beatty, it was a best-picture nominee in (hard to believe) 1978.
INDIANAPOLIS | With the NCAA set to hold its first summit on mental health care in college athletics, here, next month, it hosted the National Athletic Trainers' Association last month for a press conference on the issue.
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.
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…
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.
Ten days ago in Munster, neurosurgeon Julian Bales, MD, one of the top concussion experts in the nation, appeared at Community Healthcare System's annual neurosurgery symposium.
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.”
In the wake of Junior Seau's May 2012 suicide and as the concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL by numerous retired players continued to gain steam, I interviewed Merrillville attorney Bob Parker, a civil litigator for 35 years. I thought he would bring a unique perspective to the issues…
For the past 15 months the PBS Series “Frontline” and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” had been collaborating on a series of stories regarding football — specifically the NFL — and concussions.
Dear John: I liked the helmet article in the Times today. “Pushing back the frontiers of ignorance”— Keep it up. There was a comprehensive article on this very issue, biking helmets and rotational impact forces, in the June 2013 issue of Bicycling Magazine. — Thomas Thiel
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.
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.”
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.
Athletes affected by head, heat and heart injuries or conditions attract immediate attention in the media.
As the injury count mounted for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, so did the questions from readers regarding the decisions to allow the wounded to continue playing.
LAS VEGAS | As more than 15,000 of its 35,000 members gathered here last week, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association issued “The Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best Practices Recommendations.”
This week has been designated Lightning Safety Week by the National Weather Service. It comes not a moment too soon, leading into next month, which is the most dangerous of the year when it comes to lightning-related injuries and fatalities in the United States.
Amid the hysteria permeating Major League Baseball's Biogenesis scandal, the media largely continues to ignore the 600-pound gorilla sitting in the room.
Four years ago this week, in this space, I took baseball's Hall of Fame to task. My complaint? The HOF's absolute failure by not enshrining Indiana native and one-time Chicago White Sox pitcher Tommy John and the man who made John's stellar career possible – Dr. Frank Jobe.
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.
The higher the level of sports, it is logical to assume, the better are the agents, athletes, coaches, management types, medics and scouts.
According to Greek mythology, Achilles was an invincible warrior during the Trojan War.
With Monday's final game of March Madness, we now know which is the best men’s college basketball team in the land.
New helmets, strong enough to withstand a 100 mph fastball, will be the law of the land in Major League Baseball this season. Supposedly they will prevent concussions.
Munster High School's boys basketball team completed its second undefeated season in school history on Friday. The first time it happened was two years ago, and just a week later, 120 miles from here, Fennville (Mich.) High School also completed an undefeated regular season – a little more f…
Who shall it be now?
For the last 18 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. I do so because it was just before the start of the Christmas season, on Nov. 18, 1994, during the Munster Basketball O'Rama, that refere…
With apologies to Andy Williams, where do I begin?
Strength training is crucial for preventing injuries but, for the student trying to balance school and sports, finding the time for that in-season is difficult.
With the high school football playoffs underway, the season is over or about to be for most teams on both sides of the state line.
The short-term effects of concussion can be bad enough. However, they almost always get all better.
Last week, in a reversal of sorts, NBA Commissioner David Stern acknowledged that this season's compressed schedule could very well have been problematic.
The NFL would have been better off if Junior Seau had joined one of the many suits over concussion that have been filed against the league.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times last week in sports -- locally and nationwide.
Hard to believe it's been 32 years. That was my first thought on Sunday when I learned former Notre Dame quarterback Blair Kiel had died at the age of 50.
With the NCAA Women's Basketball championship game between Notre Dame and Baylor scheduled for tonight, there is no better time to talk about knee injuries.
As National Athletic Training Month comes to an end, so does my ongoing series on sudden death in sports. As the month began, the National Athletic Trainers' Association had just issued a position statement on prevention of such a catastrophe.
It may seem unusual to be talking about heat-related health problems in the middle of March.
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