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JOHN DOHERTY: The 'rest' of the concussion story

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?”

January 13, 2014 8:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Are injury prevention priorities misplaced?

For all the ongoing angst involving concussion, the injury is almost always far less debilitating than a torn ACL in the knee.

January 06, 2014 6:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: 2013 was a year of stories that weren't

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.

December 30, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Officials like Danko more important than ever

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.

December 16, 2013 7:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Fitness foundation necessary for athlete success

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.

December 09, 2013 9:00 pm


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.

November 25, 2013 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Action in arena often away from athletes

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.

November 18, 2013 6:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Crucial for coaches to care for selves

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.

November 11, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Diamond difficulties demand decisions

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…

November 04, 2013 7:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Returning from concussion is a learning process

After a concussion, athlete, coach, and parents are naturally concerned with how soon a return to play is possible.

October 28, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Playoffs twist standard medical plots

"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.

October 21, 2013 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Mental Health Help Should Be There When Needed

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.

October 14, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No denying Frontline's concussion concern

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.

October 07, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Ignored aspect of health deserves more thought

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…

September 30, 2013 6:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Waste from haste leaves more than bad taste

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.

September 23, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: The serious business of 'mild' head injuries

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.

September 17, 2013 5:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Nice guys can finish first

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.”

September 09, 2013 6:15 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Civil settlement serves NFL's needs

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…

September 02, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Concussion issue leaves ESPN, NFL & PBS in hot water

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.

August 26, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Mixed ratings for helmet rating opinion

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

August 19, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Price no predictor of helmet performance

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.

August 12, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No capping the football season at its start

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.”

August 05, 2013 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Traditions die hard, failure lives on in big leagues

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.

July 29, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Taking ankle lightly can be heavy burden

Athletes affected by head, heat and heart injuries or conditions attract immediate attention in the media.

July 15, 2013 5:45 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Can't count on care for pros

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.

July 08, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainers target sudden death in high schools

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.”

July 01, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Lightning's danger can't be taken lightly

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.

June 24, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Shrinkage may be salvation of NFL

Amid the hysteria permeating Major League Baseball's Biogenesis scandal, the media largely continues to ignore the 600-pound gorilla sitting in the room.

June 17, 2013 5:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Yocum's passing illustrates hall of fame shame

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.

June 03, 2013 9:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Second Impact Syndrome worth second thought

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.

May 20, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Haste makes for waste at higher levels

The higher the level of sports, it is logical to assume, the better are the agents, athletes, coaches, management types, medics and scouts.

April 22, 2013 6:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Achilles tendon injury fatal only to Achilles

According to Greek mythology, Achilles was an invincible warrior during the Trojan War.

April 15, 2013 7:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Questions loom as NCAA hoops season ends

With Monday's final game of March Madness, we now know which is the best men’s college basketball team in the land.

April 08, 2013 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: In new season, baseball clings largely to past

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.

April 01, 2013 6:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Current events recall sad anniversary

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…

February 25, 2013 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Before hitting new year, peruse biggest comebacks of 2012

Who shall it be now?

December 31, 2012 9:30 pm

Danko and officials worth remembering

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…

December 23, 2012 10:20 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: No love story in NFL concussion quandry

With apologies to Andy Williams, where do I begin?

November 19, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Sleep as safety not to be ignored

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.

November 12, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Pediatricians boost cheerleading safety

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.

October 22, 2012 6:30 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Another ex-irish star dies too young

Not again.

June 04, 2012 3:49 pm

Testing for dementia in the future

The short-term effects of concussion can be bad enough. However, they almost always get all better.

May 21, 2012 4:53 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Facts forgotten after headline hype

Last week, in a reversal of sorts, NBA Commissioner David Stern acknowledged that this season's compressed schedule could very well have been problematic.

May 14, 2012 10:00 pm
JOHN DOHERTY: Circumstances don't suit football

JOHN DOHERTY: Circumstances don't suit football

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.

May 05, 2012 10:00 pm Photos


JOHN DOHERTY: What a week of sports it was

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times last week in sports -- locally and nationwide.

April 23, 2012 10:00 pm
Devine Irish memories of Kiel

Devine Irish memories of Kiel

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.

April 09, 2012 8:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Taking issue with the knee

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.

April 02, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainers take on catastrophe

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.

March 26, 2012 10:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Athletic trainers take on the heat

It may seem unusual to be talking about heat-related health problems in the middle of March.

March 19, 2012 10:00 pm
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