Tommy John surgery evolution and an alternative to being cut

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Explores Tommy John of the Los Angeles Dodgers took to the mound in 1977 like he did hundreds of times in his career. But this time would be different — early into the game he felt a sharp pain in his elbow. “I hurt my elbow in the second or […]

Coaches and PT’s work together to keep athletes strong after injuries

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports Despite hours in the gym and weight room, practices and taking good care of their bodies, elite athletes still sustain physical injuries that can take them out of their sport for as much as a year. One of the most common injuries is a torn ACL, one of the […]

‘Last day to get better’ for global campers during All-Star Weekend

By: Zoe Collins Rath Camp of any kind feels like a summer activity. But during our brisk Chicago February, as part of the 69th annual 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago, a Basketball Without Borders Global Camp showcased the talent of the next generation of basketball players. “What these young athletes are doing is beyond impressive,” […]

Basketball Africa League’s 12 teams set to start in March

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports Basketball is a sport that is growing and the best example of its growth was the announcement of the 12 teams participating in the new Basketball Africa League, 10 years after the NBA opened an office in Africa. “Basketball Africa is happening,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said during a […]

Bryant’s presence felt at Hall of Fame Announcement

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports The Basketball Hall of Fame finalists were announced Friday, but the typically joyous occasion was somber when recalling the memory of Class of 2020 nominee Kobe Bryant. “We wish he were here today,” said NBA TV host Matt Winer, who emceed the announcement. Bryant was one of nine people […]

College track athlete crosses the finish line against disordered eating

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports Jessica Harris, a winter graduate of DePaul with degrees in biology and environmental science, excelled as captain of the women’s track and field team. But she had a secret from her past that impacted how she captained the team. “I thought, ‘Okay, this is something I can do and […]

Fans “still taking it in” after death of Kobe Bryant

Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports In the wake of the deaths of Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in California on Jan. 26, people all over the world are sharing their condolences and paying their respects. “We want to pay tribute to a man […]

Professionals work to break mental health stigma in sports

By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Reports Social workers and therapists like Stephanie Adams and Natalie Graves work to break the stigma of depression and mental health while helping athletes perform. “I created a practice that helps address mental health and performance in athletes,” said Graves, who has a practice based in Chicago and Orland Park. […]