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Pumpkins aren’t just for carving jack-o-lanterns anymore

There are several reasons that fall is my favorite season. Football, Halloween and fall foliage, are just a few things that sum up the many things I like about this time of year. And let’s add fall beers to that list, too. I could have any brewer’s Octoberfest all day long, ...

UNH hockey team wants revenge on BU

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire hockey team’s worst season in years ended in one of the worst possible ways: double overtime. Nemesis Boston University rallied from a three-goal deficit to capture the best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series at Agganis Arena and ...

Wildcats taking dead aim on retaining musket

DURHAM – When current co-captain Chris Zarkoskie was being recruited by the University of New Hampshire football team one of the first things he was shown was the Brice-Cowell Musket, which goes the winner of the annual UNH-Maine game. The Black Bears didn’t have the same ...

Broken Athletes: Boykin sits out with ‘thrower’s shoulder’

Clyde Boykin looked out of place on the Bishop Guertin High School football sidelines early this season. He stood in jeans and sneakers right near the area where a year earlier he caught a pass in the flat in the 2011 Division II semifinals and raced in front of his teammates down the ...

Solid year for Nashua’s Gustavson at Saint A’s

They say being a college athlete is like having a full-time job. Saint Anselm junior volleyball player Kyla Gustavson would certainly agree. But volleyball is just one of Gustavson’s jobs. The nursing major works in Concord Hospital’s oncology department from 6:45 a.m. to ...

Mental fight for injured players

When Dan O’Neill, a physician specializing in sports medicine, hears about an athlete who is reeling emotionally after a serious injury, it’s like a call to action. Several times each week, he drives down to Boston from the Plymouth area to help broken athletes heal their ...

Sports medicine’s education payoff

It’s all about education. If you’re looking for reasons why sports medicine has become an athlete’s best friend today, it’s simply because those in the field know more than they did years ago. “What we’ve gotten better at is ...

Expert: Ease up on ‘tough it out’

Laura Decoster doesn’t care about being popular. Her new school thoughts on sports injury prevention certainly will clash with old school ideas. “It’s certainly true that there are players out there who are Cal Ripken,” said Decoster, executive ...

Player’s knee pain not tendonitis

Will McInerny always had problems with his knees. Going back to his days in middle school, the Bedford High School senior could remember experiencing pain in both joints when he would participate in sports, mainly football and basketball, or when he would lift weights. Every time ...

Athletic trainers have full schedules in Nashua area high schools

It’s a Tuesday afternoon in early October, and the trainer’s room at Merrimack High School is buzzing. A half dozen kids wait to talk to Dave Duncan, the athletic trainer at the school since 2002, about the severity of a sore knee, or what to do to make a bruised ankle ...

Liability waivers have their limits

It’s the end of the summer, and the coach wants to get his team in shape. After running laps at the second of twice-a-day practices, a player goes down, clutching a leg. It turns out to be bad, probably a tear. The player’s season is over before it began. Any hopes of ...

Twist put focus on physical therapy

Your path in life can turn on just about anything. For Jerry Holland, it was an ankle. Holland thought he was on his way to becoming an architect, when, during an innocent pickup game of basketball, he suffered an ankle injury that required physical therapy. The process planted a seed of ...

Nashua basketball stand-out not hindered by ACL tear

He had done the move a hundred times before. Point guard Jake Nelson, 10 minutes away from the last game of his sophomore basketball season at Rivier University, tried to “Euro Step” around his defender from Johnson & Wales University. He picked up his dribble, faked ...

Ex-athlete/reporter takes the ImPACT

When I sat down at a computer in St. Joseph Hospital last month to take a test, I approached it the way I’ve always approached testing: with everything I’ve got. And as the numbers, colors, words and shapes jumped onto the screen for the next hour, I tried as hard as I ...

Right equipment can make difference

It’s one of Chris Couture’s favorite analogies. The sports medicine physician at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center’s Merrimack facility uses it when people asked how effective football helmets are in preventing concussions. “Take an egg, wrap it in ...

Parents talk injuries, pressure in youth sports

Michelle Sousa knows the impact a concussion can have on the brain. Growing up in the Gate City, she played many sports and had her share of injuries. But it was her two cousins, who played football in college, that suffered multiple concussions. “They’re still having some ...

More area students are preparing for ImPACT

For a lot of student athletes, preseason sports prep went something like this: buy a new mouthguard, get new cleats, shorts and T-shirts, and head to St. Joseph Hospital for an ImPACT test. The test, which stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, is a ...

Soccer player shifted to running

Sam Ballard will never forget his last concussion or his final moments as a high school soccer player, both occurring within 15 seconds of one another two years ago. Playing for the Souhegan High School junior varsity, Ballard went up to head a ball, colliding with a much larger opponent in ...

Mild concussion worsens for Nashua lacrosse player

The date is fixed in her mind and may be for the rest of her life. On Oct. 6, 2010, Boston University senior Mandy Rogers, a talented lacrosse player, was practicing with teammates when she was struck in the head by an errant stick. It was more than a glancing blow, but it didn’t ...