May 2011 Focus

Concussion awareness in youth sports

Concussion awareness in youth sports

BY TAD JOHNSON When Eagan native Natalie Darwitz was playing with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team during an exhibition game prior to the 2001 World Championships, she fired the puck down ice … then SLAM. A member of Team Canada bowled her over, sending the 18-year-old Darwitz to the ice. “The girl didn’t care too […]

Preventing ACL injury in female athletes

Preventing ACL injury in female athletes

BY LAURA MURRAY Last year, when Kelsey Bertamus learned she had torn her ACL and would need a bone graft before reconstructive surgery could be done, she couldn’t say she was surprised. At the time of her injury, Beltamus was a junior and playing soccer at Northwestern University in Illinois. Earlier in her career, she […]

A parent’s perspective on today’s youth athletics

A parent’s perspective on today’s youth athletics

BY CRISTIAN MOORE Idolizing a sports figure We’ve all done it at some point in our lives. I remember when I was young I would admire a sports figure for a haircut or a brand of shoes they wore. My husband idolized them for their talent, their looks, the many girlfriends, the fame and oh, […]

Goalie’s hockey future is ‘on ice’

Goalie’s hockey future is ‘on ice’

BY TAD JOHNSON Former Eagan High School goalie hasn’t returned to ice for U of M since suffering a severe concussion last October Natalie Darwitz was on the bench Oct. 18, 2010, as an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota when goalie Alyssa Grogan, a fellow Eagan High School graduate, suffered a severe concussion that […]