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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.
Most sports fans associate this month with madness, specifically the March Madness of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Back on Sept. 13, I wrote Peyton Manning's place -- given the nature of his neck injury and subsequent surgeries -- is on the sidelines.
I would be just as happy not to recall the one-year anniversary this month of old friend and former Notre Dame and Bears strong safety Dave Duerson.
Adversity, you can let it define you, or you can overcome it and define yourself.
The media focus in the weeks before the Super Bowl is much like it was two years ago: concussion, concussion, concussion.
Recent columns regarding head injuries in sports -- football, specifically -- have readers thinking about how to save America's game and the boys and men who play it. Here is a sampling, edited for brevity and clarity:
Two signature plays bracketed the signature game of the NFL divisional round this past weekend.
In the aftermath of the Denver Broncos' overtime victory Sunday, on the strength of a first-play, 80-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas, Tebow-mania is back in full throat.
The best way to take a long look forward is to start by taking a short look back. When it comes to sports medicine, one need only consider the curious case of Alex Rodriguez.
While Bears fans wonder what could have been had Jay Cutler been playing, let's be honest here: the Raiders were going to be tough to beat in Oakland no matter who was at quarterback.
Really, LeBron? Really? Has the NBA lockout made you that hard up for cash that you have to endorse a product known as "Sheets Energy Strips?" Do you really use one every time before you play? If you "need" to, maybe you aren't as good as I thought.
A year ago, I interviewed Purdue University director of athletic training education Larry Leverenz, PhD, ATC at the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association's annual meeting. We talked about his ongoing study on the effect of repeated head impacts on high school football players.
Back on Feb. 28, in this space, it was written, "Already, the St. Louis Cardinals have gone from contenders to pretenders with the loss of ace Adam Wainwright, who will need season-ending 'Tommy John' surgery to reconstruct his elbow."
Did you see that kickoff return for a touchdown by Bears return man Devin Hester on Sunday night?
Are we seeing concussions way more than we used to?
Do you know what MRI stands for? Magnetic Resonance Imaging, you say?
In the wake of the wreck of a season that is about to conclude for the Cubs, their new general manager, whoever that will be, may be well-advised to take a wrecking ball to the entire roster -- with the possible exceptions of Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija.
This is the third time in 19 months for neck surgery and you, Peyton Manning. Days after the operation was completed, it is far too early to tell if this procedure will be the charm.
While touring the Roman Colosseum earlier this summer, I was told by a tour guide that, when in use centuries ago, the building would be cleared of its 55,000 spectators in 20 minutes.
In the aftermath of former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown shooting himself in the torso 10 days ago, I closed last week's column with the following speculation:
The fall sports season starts across Illinois on Wednesday.
With the official start of the high school fall sports season kicking off yesterday in Indiana and the same scheduled to occur in only eight days in Illinois, your teenager's activity level is about to double -- at least -- precisely when the weather is likely to be the most taxing.
Interest in concussion and its management has never been higher. In the last year-and-a-half, Time and Sports Illustrated have been among the national magazines which have devoted cover stories to head injuries in sports. Even National Geographic jumped into the fray with a feature story in …
I've said it here before: when compared to their counterparts in the NFL and NBA, baseball field managers aren't the brightest.
George O'Leary was named the head football coach at Notre Dame on December 10, 2001.
If you saw the bombs Paul Konerko hit out of Fenway Park last week, then you might understand why, on the same day as his wrist surgery on Friday, the White Sox said he'd be available to pinch hit that evening against the Detroit Tigers.
Over the years when addressing groups of parents regarding sports safety, I've spoken about bumps, bruises, concussions, cuts, fractures, strains and sprains. Since many parents have heard such speeches before, it hasn't been long before I've noticed some in my audience dozing off.
The fifth annual National Summit on Sports Concussion was held in Los Angeles on Friday, with experts from across the country marveling at how much has been learned in the last 10 years, while admitting there is so much further to go.
In the wake of breaking his humerus (upper arm bone) near the shoulder last month, reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton said, "It was a stupid play."
It doesn't matter the level of baseball, Little Leaguer or pro, high school or collegian, the bat you use is too dangerous. So say a host of pundits.
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