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 •  March 20

Four years ago, Alicia Mikulski, an athletic trainer at Oakton Community College, saved a basketball player's life with her quick thinking using an automatic external defibrillator. Now in her role as Oakton's new softball coach, she is looking to breathe new life into a program that has won four games since 2015. "I'm so excited about this...

Chicago Tribune

 •  March 16

Community High School District 218 has hired the first female athletic director to serve at one of its schools. Colleen Antas will oversee the...

Chicago Tribune

 •  January 25

Bears head athletic trainer Nate Breske will not return to the team, a source confirmed to the Tribune on Tuesday.The Bears are parting with Breske after three seasons. He joined the organization in 2015 after seven seasons with the 49ers as the director of rehabilitation and assistant head athletic trainer. The Sun-Times first reported the news of...

Chicago Tribune

 •  October 17, 2017

With youth participation waning and football facing increased concerns over head trauma, the future of the game could well come down to the work being done in a windowless room in a generic suburban Chicago office building.That’s where Riddell, the nation’s largest football equipment manufacturer, is testing out design innovations and racing its...

Chicago Tribune

 •  October 13, 2017

On the first day of practice in August, members of the Glenbrook South boys soccer team arrived at the field with their shin guards and cleats eager to impress new varsity head coach Reggie Lara.Some players were no doubt puzzled to find Lara, who was the program's sophomore coach last year, standing barefoot and requesting the Titans remove their...

Chicago Tribune

 •  September 26, 2017

When the IHSA announced in June that it was ending its performance-enhancing drug testing program after nearly a decade, it was, to an extent, old news. Not a single high school student-athlete in Illinois had been tested during the two academic years prior to the announcement, according to IHSA assistant executive director Matt Troha. However, all...

Chicago Tribune

 •  September 25, 2017

When the IHSA announced in June that it was ending its performance-enhancing drug testing program after nearly a decade, it was, to an extent, old news. Not a single high school student-athlete in Illinois had been tested during the two academic years prior to the announcement, according to IHSA assistant executive director Matt Troha. However, all...

Chicago Tribune

 •  September 5, 2017

For the tenth year, Sports & Spine Chiropractic of Frankfort was selected by the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) to be part of the Volunteer Sports Medicine Team at the AVP Chicago Volleyball Gold Series Tournament August 31-September 3 at Oak Street Beach. Dr. J. Aaron Wolfe served as Volunteer Chiropractor and Athletic Trainer....

Chicago Tribune

 •  August 26, 2017

When a high school athlete gets hit in the head, the school's athletic trainer checks them immediately for a possible concussion. The same happens when a student is injured in a fall during recess, only the school nurse provides the examination. If a concussion is the diagnosed, the school institutes a series of procedures to help the student...

Chicago Tribune

 •  May 8, 2017

(Gene J. Puskar / AP) After he got tangled with Capitals defenseman John Carlson, Penguins center Sidney Crosby went head first into the boards behind the Capitals net Monday night in Game 6 of the teams' playoff series. You might think this would have been a time the NHL's concussion spotters would mandate Crosby, who suffered a concussion in Game...