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SI.com: Will Carroll: Draft's top prospects have some minor injury red flags to watchupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 13:44:00

Well before the NFL Draft and even before the Combine, team doctors, athletic trainers and scouts will sit down and go through medical files of the potential draftees. Most players will make their medical files available to teams. The process is so thorough that things have gone from trying to hide injuries to open, proactive disclosure. "We're going to find it," said Dr. Neal ElAttrache, one of the top sports medicine surgeons and former team doctor for the Los Angeles Rams, "so most people get it out in the open."

SI.com: Tom Verducci: With more pitchers breaking down, it's time to rethink modern bullpenupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 13:18:00

The casualties keep mounting. Brian Wilson: done and headed for his second Tommy John surgery. Joakim Soria: done after his second Tommy John surgery. Ryan Madson: done after his first Tommy John surgery. The list of closers on the disabled list also includes Andrew Bailey, Kyle Farnsworth and Drew Storen.

University of Minnesota football coach has seizure, is stableupdated: Sat Sep 10 2011 22:11:00

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill is in stable condition after suffering a seizure on the sideline of a game against New Mexico State on Saturday in Minneapolis, the team doctor said.

Pediatricians seek to KO youth boxingupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 07:19:00

Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls.

SI.com: The Bonus: Mike Leach: My biggest regret was not cutting Adam Jamesupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 16:48:00

Mike Leach took Texas Tech to new heights, going 84-43 in 10 seasons, including an 11-2 finish in 2008. Leach was fired by the university in December 2009 after being accused of mistreating receiver Adam James, the son of ESPN broadcaster Craig James. Leach has denied any wrongdoing in the case. Here is his account of the incident from the his new book, Swing Your Sword.

SI.com: Dice-K to have Tommy John surgeryupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 13:08:00

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will undergo Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the year. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, probably next week.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Reds are well-acquainted with life after Tommy John surgeryupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 16:46:00

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Just 11 months removed from his August 2009 Tommy John surgery, Reds starter Edinson Volquez was back pitching in the majors. Two months after that, manager Dusty Baker named Volquez his Game 1 starter in last October's National League Division Series against the Phillies.

SI.com: Tom Verducci: Mechanical flaw will be red flag for Strasburg even after returnupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 16:25:00

JUPITER, Fla. -- The next time Washington righthander Stephen Strasburg pitches in the big leagues -- "possibly" at the end of this season, according to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo -- he will be 23 and no longer a phenom. But can Strasburg 2.0 be the same pitcher after blowing out his elbow last season and undergoing Tommy John surgery Sept. 3? And should he be the same pitcher? The growth of the Nationals franchise just might depend on those answers.

SI.com: Frank Deford: For young athletes, ACL surgery could portend lifetime of painupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 12:47:00

I've spoken to horribly disabled old football players who told me they'd do it all again, whatever life's sacrifice, just to have played the game. How many players have taken performance-enhancing drugs without any concern about the possible side effects? So many athletes will do almost anything to compete.

SI.com: The Bonus: How Dr. James Andrews went from sports fan to the sports surgeonupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 17:13:00

He will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Friday afternoon, anxiously walking the sidelines, his penetrating green eyes scanning the field for injuries. He is the only man in the state of Alabama who can say he plays for both the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide. When someone from either team is slow to rise after the whistle blows, the silver-haired 68-year-old who nearly died of a heart attack five years ago will charge forward, and suddenly the most famous sports doctor in America will be on center stage. Look closely into the crowd and, as the man leans down to tend to the fallen athlete, fingers will point and cameras will flash, because in his home state Dr. James Andrews is about as popular -- and well known -- as the two head coaches that will be pacing opposite sidelines.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Effect of concussions on soccerupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 16:53:00

When Taylor Twellman won Major League Soccer's MVP award in 2005, he threw his head at balls in the penalty box with the force of a bird smacking into a window. That's how the U.S. and New England Revolution forward scored 101 goals in eight MLS seasons -- and how his playing career took an irretrievable turn on Aug. 30, 2008.

SI.com: David Epstein: Platelet-rich plasma therapy: not new, no performance benefitupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 18:31:00

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy made sports headlines even before Dr. Anthony Galea brought it back into the news. After suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the January 2009 AFC Championship Game, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward received a variation of PRP therapy from a team physician and, two weeks later, caught two passes for 43 yards in a Super Bowl victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

SI.com: Andrew Lawrence: Tennis badly needs injury transparencyupdated: Fri Sep 03 2010 08:52:00

NEW YORK -- Typically when an athlete gets injured, a familiar routine unfolds: the injury is named, the severity articulated and the prescription detailed.

SI.com: Cliff Corcoran: What type of pitcher will Strasburg be after Tommy John surgery?updated: Fri Aug 27 2010 16:41:00

For the past year and a half, the name Stephen Strasburg has sent bolts of electricity through the nervous systems of baseball fans, scouts, and players, but for the next year -- if not more -- it will provide us with nothing more than frustration. After just 12 tantalizing major league starts, Strasburg's right arm gave out on him in the fifth inning of his start against the Phillies last Saturday. On Thursday, the results of his enhanced MRI came in, and they were not good. Strasburg has been diagnosed with "a significant tear" in his pitching elbow and is apparently headed for ligament-replacement, a.k.a. Tommy John, surgery, which will likely to keep him out of action through the end of the 2011 season. That's a huge blow to the Washington Nationals and to major league baseball and its fans in general, as all have lost a captivatingly unique young talent for more than a calendar year, but what exactly does it mean for the burgeoning career of the 22-year-old pitcher actually

Increase your flexibility and improve your lifeupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 09:04:00

You've managed to make it to spinning class (for the second time this week!), but as soon as the instructor starts the cooldown, you head for the door. Hold it right there. Turns out, stretching is just as important as getting on the bike in the first place.

Sports doctor's assistant admits smuggling drugs for her bossupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 21:40:00

An assistant to Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea admitted Thursday she brought human growth hormones into the United States for her boss more than 20 times.

SI.com: Joe Lemire: Volquez case highlights inconsistencies in MLB's punishmentsupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 10:23:00

There are two lessons to be learned from Major League Baseball's suspension of injured Reds starter Edinson Volquez for use of a performance-enhancing substance:

Ways to help your children stay in the game injury-freeupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 10:11:00

Mackenzie Riley is only 13 years old, but her schedule is busier than many adults. Besides being on her middle-school yearbook staff and taking piano and voice lessons once a week, she is also the co-captain of her seventh-grade basketball and volleyball teams.

Skier spreads cheese on leg to heal injuryupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 11:13:00

Some turn to prayer. Others turn to state-of-the-art medicine. Lindsey Vonn turned to the power of fromage.

How do I protect my daughters' knees from sports injuries?updated: Thu Jan 28 2010 12:42:00

I need more information on the stretching that girls can do to help prevent injuries. I am a dad who has three athletic daughters; we are working on volleyball right now. How do I get a DVD or something that will help me teach my kids these stretches and jumps to help prevent ACL injuries? I am also 45 years old and have already had my left knee replaced because my ACL was destroyed and my knee degenerated. I know the pain involved in that; I don't want my daughters to have the same problem. Please help. Thank you so much.

SI.com: Cubs sign Nady, Sheets to A'supdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 13:59:00

The Chicago Cubs have signed Xavier Nady to a one-year contract, SI.com has learned, while the Oakland A's have signed Ben Sheets.

SI.com: Carroll knew about coach's drug addiction before car crashupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 09:29:00

At just past 2 p.m. on May 17, 2008, El Segundo, Calif., police officer Cory McEnroe arrived at the scene of an auto accident on the Pacific Coast Highway and found a Jeep Commander buried in the rear end of a Volkswagen Passat. When McEnroe approached the SUV and asked the driver to turn it off, the Jeep instead surged forward into the Passat again. McEnroe quickly deduced that the driver, later identified as USC assistant football coach Dave Watson, was dangerously impaired. The 31-year-old Watson "seemed very confused," McEnroe wrote in his report. "[His] speech was so slurred I had a difficult time understanding him."

Doctor accused in PED schemeupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 05:16:00

A sports doctor with ties to Tiger Woods faces charges for allegedly trying to sell a potentially performance-enhancing drug.

SI.com: Ross Tucker: Truth about playing through injuriesupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 01:40:00

Hines Ward's recent comments about teammate Ben Roethlisberger shed some light on the attitude most NFL players have regarding injuries, team doctors and concussions. My guess is that attitude would confuse and surprise most fans that don't really understand the business of the NFL and the internal and external pressure to play. Allow me to explain the prevailing thought process among most NFL players when it comes to some of the issues that Ward raised.

NFL players at risk?updated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:36:00

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on legal issues relating to pro football head injuries.

House panel considers brain injuries and NFL playersupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 17:36:00

Are professional football players at greater risk of dementia and other neurological problems?

SI.com: Blackhawks' Burish out six months with torn ACLupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 12:35:00

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks wing Adam Burish will be out for six months following surgery on his right knee.

Tennis injuries, anyone?updated: Mon Aug 31 2009 10:22:00

Pick a day -- any day -- and you'll probably find Sean Bugg on the courts. A tennis fanatic, he's been playing the sport since he was 9 years old. Now at age 41, Bugg is definitely feeling the pain from his game.

SI.com: The Bonus: Marlins' Johnson is pitching like an ace, and the best is yet to comeupdated: Wed Aug 26 2009 15:42:00

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Players rarely captivate their audience in the first few innings of a game, but Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson's dominance made August 14 feel historic almost immediately. Watching the 25-year-old Johnson strike out seven of the first nine Rockies he faced, all missing wildly, Marlins fans could not resist the thought of a no-hitter.

SI.com: Investigation into Cherepanov's death reopenedupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 10:13:00

Prosecutors will reopen the investigation into the death of New York Rangers draft pick Alexia Cherepanov, who collapsed during a Continental Hockey League game last year in Russia.

Could low iron, protein contribute to soreness after exercise?updated: Fri Jul 10 2009 09:31:00

I seem to get very sore after every workout. My fiancé says I'm working out too hard, but I was wondering if there were other reasons. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years and am usually low on protein and iron (and probably a few other things, too). Could low levels of protein and/or iron contribute to why I get so sore after working out?

SI.com: Ross Tucker: Walker's secret surgery shines light on growing problemupdated: Wed May 13 2009 15:19:00

The recent revelation by Raiders coach Tom Cable that wide receiver Javon Walker had surgery and did not let the Raiders know about it until last weekend's mandatory mini-camp shines a bright light on a distinct issue in the NFL: the propensity of players to consult with medical personnel outside of their organization.

SI.com: Yankees' Nady diagnosed with elbow strain, will avoid surgeryupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 15:47:00

Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, but he will avoid surgery, SI.com has learned.

SI.com: John Donovan: Bush, heavily criticized ex-No. 1 pick, not done yetupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 16:55:00

Matt Bush is not Chipper Jones yet, or Alex Rodriguez, or any number of other former No. 1 picks who have taken their lofty status in Major League Baseball's draft and become mega-stars. Bush, who spends his days rehabilitating from elbow surgery in Peoria, Ariz., is about as far away from that as a ballplayer can get.

Spirit of Sport: Part 1updated: Mon Mar 17 2008 08:30:00

CNN's Becky Anderson looks into why football can drive grown men into tears.

Prevention better than cureupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 08:30:00

Finally you've decided to commit yourself to a sport -- you've brought the gear, you've joined a team, you've got the equipment -- then on your first try, an injury occurs. Doh!

SI.com: John Donovan: If healthy, Liriano will power Minnesotaupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 01:50:00

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The hope of the Twins, whatever hope there might be, is rubbing down his left elbow, checking out all the new faces around the room. There is still plenty of talent in this clubhouse, even without Johan Santana, Torii Hunter and all the other Twins who have disappeared since Francisco Liriano, the hope of 2008, first blew people away as a rookie in 2006.

SI.com: Stewart Mandel: Border War veterans exchange blows and much moreupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 13:31:00

Theoretically, you come to the Mailbag each week seeking my "expertise" on college football matters. This week, however, the biggest story in the country involves a subject I feel somewhat unqualified to speak about.

Time.com: Is Football Too Dangerous?updated: Tue Sep 11 2007 17:00:00

Kevin Everett's life-threatening spinal injury raises anew concerns about the dangers of the gridiron

Doping tribunal to start Saturdayupdated: Fri Oct 20 2006 06:33:00

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal investigating the positive drug tests returned by fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will hold its preliminary hearing on Saturday.

Little League mulls pitching limitsupdated: Mon Aug 14 2006 17:10:00

E.J. Strehlow is a Little League pitcher with a big-league injury.

Ronaldo will beat fever say Brazilupdated: Thu Jun 08 2006 16:38:00

Striker Ronaldo missed Brazil training on Thursday afternoon because of a fever and sinus infection but will be fit for practice on Friday, a team doctor said.

Zambrotta set to miss Ghana matchupdated: Tue May 30 2006 08:51:00

Defender Gianluca Zambrotta is expected to miss Italy's opening World Cup game against Ghana because of a left thigh injury.

Chelsea's Tiago will miss Olympicsupdated: Mon Aug 02 2004 10:12:00

Chelsea's new signing Tiago Mendes has been dropped from Portugal's Olympic squad because of a recurring groin injury.

Money Magazine: WHEN IT'S ALL PAIN AND NO GAIN, A SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR MAY HELP -- AT A PRICEupdated: Fri Sep 01 1989 00:01:00

Marie Greenwalt will never forget the day she thought her amateur soccer career was in jeopardy. ''I was practicing shots from about 30 yards out,'' says the 36-year-old billing clerk from Tualatin...

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