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 •  December 11

Just less than a year ago, Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Carson Wentz apparently experienced a traumatic brain injury — on Dec. 22, 2016 to be exact. Driven head first into the turf by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon, the then-rookie Wentz needed help to remain standing before being sent for a concussion evaluation in the locker room....

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 •  December 4

As reported in this space on numerous occasions, Italy has been screening its athletes annually via EKG for decades. As a result, the Italians claim that heart-related deaths in sports have been reduced by 89 percent. Consequently the European Society of Cardiology issued a consensus statement in 2005 endorsing the Italian policy. However, the...

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 •  November 27

On Sunday, tight end Zach Miller did not play for the Bears; he had already been put on season-ending injured reserve (SEIR) with a dislocated knee earlier this month and was released from the hospital only last week, after 23 days. Neither did outside linebacker Leonard Floyd; he had been put on SEIR on Thursday after tearing the medical...

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 •  November 20

Football will finish at the high school level this week. Thus, for the next nine months, those who are obsessed with head trauma among youth and high school athletes will be somewhat less vocal. Meanwhile, with basketball underway, the carnage to knees — particularly among girls — will continue unabated and nobody but the victims, their families...

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 •  November 14

Three weeks ago, the national narrative was that the Boston Celtics’ season was ruined in the wake of the gruesome ankle injury suffered by one-time Butler star Gordon Hayward in the season opener. The Celtics dropped that game and the next. Thus, it would be clear sailing for the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for a rematch with the Golden State...

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 •  November 6

The NFL regular season is more than half over, the collegiate season is three-quarters complete and it is already well into playoff time for high schoolers in Illinois and Indiana. Consequently, it is time to look ahead to next year — by looking at the past, both distant and recent. More than 100 years ago — in 1905 — football was going through...

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 •  October 30

I was about to leave home for the office, just before 8 a.m. on Monday, when Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN’s “Mike and Mike,” teased that the show would be sharing serious news from the NFL when he and Mike Golic returned at the top of the hour. When they did, there was ESPN “NFL Insider” Chris Mortensen to intone that Bears tight end Zach Miller...

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 •  October 16

Between baseball and football, last week provided at least a month’s worth of sports medicine subjects. Last Monday, John Loos, 60, of Schaumburg held a news conference at his lawyer’s office to discuss the lawsuit he had filed against the Cubs in the wake of losing the sight in his left eye after being struck by a foul ball on Aug. 29 at Wrigley...

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 •  September 24

In 2004, I had written that the then-ongoing media storm over steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs would never go away. I was wrong. The illicit use of PEDs by athletes has not gone away but the non-stop coverage of the issue essentially has. It has been driven from the headlines by another topic that I will hazard to guess won’t be...

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 •  September 24

A study presented earlier this month at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in Chicago found that female soccer players were more likely to return to play the same day of suffering a concussion than their male counterparts, making them more likely for concussion-related risks, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a release. The...