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July 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Chinese gymnast Sang Lan was paralyzed Tuesday after damaging her spine in warm-ups for the women's vault in the Goodwill Games. "At this time, she is paralyzed and cannot move her legs and she has a minimal amount of motion in her arms," said Dr. Brock Schnebel, chief physician of the Goodwill Games. Officials said Sang, 17, injured her neck while attempting a forward vault in warm-ups and lost control in midair, striking the ground head first.
November 15, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
A day after President Obama's televised mea culpa to the nation about the failings of his signature healthcare program, one question persists. Why football? Again and again, Obama returned to gridiron analogies as he pleaded his case from a White House podium Thursday. He was the quarterback. It was his team that blew it. They'd fumbled, big time, (Goal line? Fourth down? Details were unspoken.) But he would get back into the game on the next play and persevere, Obama said, calling to mind muddy blocks of near-granite on a frozen Chicago Bears offensive line.
The Dallas Cowboys were dealt the first setback of Super Bowl week Monday when their quarterback acknowledged that he can't use the NFC championship victory as inspiration. Because Troy Aikman doesn't remember it. Doesn't remember completing 14 of 18 passes. Doesn't remember throwing for two touchdowns. Doesn't remember leading the Cowboys to a 38-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
October 8, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger and Marc Lifsher
After more than a year of intense lobbying by professional sports leagues, California has slammed the door on most athletes looking to file injury claims in the state, including those with serious brain injuries. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that significantly limits workers' compensation claims by pro players. It's a significant victory for the National Football League, which has been trying to reduce its financial exposure to concussions and other brain injuries that former players allege are the result of repeated blows to the head.
October 21, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hasson Sanders, a sophomore guard for the Wyoming basketball team, will sit out the season because of ligament damage to his right knee.
August 2, 1996 | From Reuters
Veteran race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi figures the fiery crash that gave him a broken neck might have been a sign, and he's thinking about heeding it. Fittipaldi, a two-time Indianapolis 500 and two-time Formula One champion, walked from Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital on Thursday, wearing a neck brace, smiling and telling reporters that the Marlboro 500 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway might have been his last race.
December 13, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Young athletes account for about 4 million injuries a year in the U.S. Of course, playing sports comes with an inherent risk of being hurt. But there are some types of injuries this expert says may be preventable. Brian Grasso, founder and chief executive of the International Youth Conditioning Assn., speaks with Chicago Tribune fitness writer Julie Deardorff during a live Web chat Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST. Join the online discussion to learn about everything from ACL tears to concussions.
May 3, 2004 | John Briley, Special to The Washington Post
The cure-all acronym RICE -- rest, ice, compression and elevation -- is great for ankle sprains. But other ailments require targeted treatment. Here is some guidance from the website * Muscle pulls: Rest and apply ice (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) until pain and swelling subside. As soon as tolerable, begin gently stretching the muscle.
September 20, 2010
It's her money to spend Re "Record set in gov.'s race," Sept. 16 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg "bought" his election, spending "$109 million on his 2009 reelection bid. " He is so successful that two years ago he persuaded the City Council to change its term-limits rules. Yet Meg Whitman is criticized for "self-funding" her campaign. Both of these people are putting their money where their mouths are. They owe no one, and can take the credit or the blame for what happens.
October 26, 1993 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Those macho football players, so the stereotype goes, are the most likely high school athletes to land on the injured list. Not so, says a Seattle physician who has been studying high school athletic injuries since 1979. At highest risk? The girls' cross-country team, says Dr. Stephen Rice, director of the Athletic Health Care System, a high school sports-injury-prevention and management program at the University of Washington, Seattle. (Football players are in second place.
February 7, 2013 | Mike Bresnahan
Lakers forward Pau Gasol is sidelined indefinitely after sustaining a tear in the bottom of his right foot Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets. Gasol planned to fly back to Los Angeles on Thursday for further medical evaluation. The Lakers declined to release a timetable for his return after an MRI exam in Boston revealed a torn plantar fascia Wednesday. "I'm hoping to recover asap so I can be back with the team and keep fighting until the end of the season. #GoLakers #AlwaysPositive," Gasol wrote Wednesday on his Twitter account.
June 6, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
The U.S. men's basketball team, at one point overflowing with All-Stars, is now oozing something else -- injuries. Derrick Rose won't be available for the Olympics because of a knee injury. Same for LaMarcus Aldridge because of hip surgery. Dwight Howard won't be at Team USA's July 29 Olympic debut after undergoing back surgery. Chauncey Billups is out because of a torn Achilles' tendon. The pain is just beginning. Lakers center Andrew Bynum said he'd rather rest after a ridiculously condensed NBA season than risk injury, leaving Team USA to face the world with Tyson Chandler at center.
June 1, 2012 | David Lazarus
It's amazing how easily the smallest healthcare mix-up can spin out of control and leave the patient on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical bills. In Jim Furlan's case, his journey into the healthcare Twilight Zone began in September when his then-15-year-old daughter injured her knee playing in a volleyball tournament in Las Vegas. "She was rushed to the hospital in extreme pain," he recalled the other day. "They had to give her morphine. " The girl then flew home to Manhattan Beach, where her doctor ordered an MRI at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
February 4, 2012 | BILL DWYRE
Sunday, on the most sacred day of the football year, there will be several thousand older men with gnarled fingers and replaced hips watching with mixed emotions. Mostly, for the four hours or so it will take to get through the game and any accompanying halftime wardrobe malfunctions, they will swell with pride. The Super Bowl is their legacy. Part of the time, they will just swell -- ankles, knees, hips, wrists. If there is a body joint, it will have fluid on it. It is a condition of having played in the NFL. They knew, going in, that this wasn't tap dancing, that they'd get hit a lot and hurt a lot. The game is tackling and being tackled.
December 14, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The horror stories in pro sports are coming so fast and furious that their significance is being lost in their numbers. It should be the other way around, but it's not. Another concussion. Ho hum. Player A will sit out two games, Player B a month. Page 5. Another league investigation, maybe some fines. Yawn. — After the Oct. 23 game against the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers guard Kris Dielman got on the plane to return home. During the game, he had taken a hit loud enough to be heard on TV. He staggered, looked disoriented and was approached by two concerned game officials.
November 8, 2011 | BILL DWYRE
A rainy, chilly Sunday in Los Angeles was a perfect day to catch up on the NFL. A fireplace and a TV remote were the perfect tools. But there was a big void. Missing was that quarterback, standing in the shotgun formation, dissecting the defense, spotting the openings, then flapping his arms and shouting directions like a traffic cop on a busy corner. Nobody in the NFL has ever tapped the baton on the lectern the way he does. There are other greatly talented players, calling signals, throwing passes and leading their teams.
July 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dr. James Nicholas, 85, whose pioneering work on sports injuries included four operations on Joe Namath's knees, died Saturday of colon cancer at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. Nicholas founded the world's first hospital-based center for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, now known as the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. In the 1960s and 1970s, Nicholas was team doctor for the New York Jets, Knicks and Rangers.
February 7, 2000 | ROSIE MESTEL
Commiserations to any of you out there who've injured yourselves playing sports. We mean, we never imagined that a strained rotator cuff or torn anterior cruciate ligament could be anything less than ex-cruciate-ing. But we had no idea just how bad it could be until we read a survey of 236 injured people conducted by a sports medicine Web site, Here's what survey respondents said about their post-injury lives. * 71% helped their kids less with homework.
July 29, 2011 | Baxter Holmes
It's a trick Travis Pastrana has been trying to land for years. But Thursday at X Games 17 in downtown Los Angeles, the action sports star failed again and, worse, broke his right foot and ankle in the process, which puts into question his participation in other events this weekend. The injury occurred during the Moto X best trick final when Pastrana crash-landed on a dirt ramp in Staples Center after trying to flip and spin his dirt bike 720 degrees in the air, a trick he calls a "toilet paper roll.
February 8, 2011 | LISA DILLMAN
Unfortunately, for Blake Griffin, other versions of the double-double exist and involve him. They usually are in plain sight in the Clippers' locker room after most games: An ice bag on Griffin's right knee. An ice bag on his left knee. Welcome, rookie, to the NBA. As brilliant as Griffin's first decisive swath through the league has been, the young power forward has taken a beating and has the ice bags, ice baths and tape to prove it. "That's the way he plays ?
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