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About John Doherty

About John Doherty

John Doherty is a physical therapist and athletic trainer in Munster.

He has been the head athletic trainer at Munster High School since 1985 after earning his Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis and his Bachelor's degree from Notre Dame.

He is a member of the St. Johns Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in Danvers, Mass., where he attended high school and was a three-sport student trainer and manager for four years.

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JOHN DOHERTY: AAOS Advocates ACL Actions

In the aftermath of a tear of the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), patient and family — while mourning the loss of a season and possibly a career — must decide the whens, whys, and wherefores of reconstructive surgery.

15 hours ago

JOHN DOHERTY: Chemicals fuel explosions on and off field

In the midst of what has been described by multiple media mavens as the NFL’s “worst week,” the league finally reached agreement with its union to start testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

September 15, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Challenge ... It's How You Play the Game

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter asked if I had heard that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had started with an afflicted Red Sox fan in front of the Green Monster at Fenway Park. Unfortunately, I told her, I knew all too well.

September 08, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Wally Pipp leading to a still-stewing story

As I walked out of the Munster locker room in the aftermath of the Mustangs’ victory over Chesterton on Friday night, I overheard Times sportswriter Jim Peters interviewing Mustang running back Dom Lucito by the door. As I passed by, Lucito w…

September 01, 2014 7:00 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: Only patience will pay for Pacers with George

Surely, Mike Krzyzewski had already seen enough 17 months ago. Back then, Louisville point guard Kevin Ware’s right lower leg exploded in front of the Duke coach during a 2013 NCAA Regional Final between the two teams.

August 04, 2014 8:15 pm

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 prim…

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: Public over-aware but under-informed about concussions

CHICAGO | When the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued its updated guidelines for the management of concussion last year, the organization received a dose of criticism in this space and the New York Times for being late to the game.

July 14, 2014 6:22 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 cro…

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 h…

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: Take no offense from truth of these stories

If you are a fan of Major League Baseball, you can’t help but notice that hitting production continues to fall. This year is worse than last and the decline, in just about every category, has been steady over the last five years.

June 09, 2014 7:00 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Without better balance some sports may tumble

On Thursday, President Barack Obama hosted a “Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit” at the White House.

June 02, 2014 5:47 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Lawsuit involving three Bears no NFL fairy tale

When Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was put on the disabled list on Friday — probably for the remainder of the season — I couldn’t help but think of the lawsuit filed a week ago against the NFL by eight disgruntled former players,…

May 26, 2014 3:18 pm

JOHN DOHERTY: Concussion, politics, and sports make strange bedfellows

The media’s narrative on concussion has been pretty consistent for the last five years. Concussion equals controversy, possible catastrophe, and an inevitable diagnosis of CTE — that’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

May 19, 2014 6:53 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

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
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