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Concern About Concussions at the Draft Combine: What NFL Players Have Taught Us

Every year, the National Football League (NFL) stages its annual “Draft Combine,” where highly regarded college players undergo medical examinations and perform drills for teams that might consider drafting them in the spring. This week-long event also serves as an opportunity for league officials and medical specialists to update the teams and the public on the […]

Protect Your Spine During Swimming and Diving This Summer

In the warm weather months, more than just fish are jumping. People are diving and swimming in the ocean, lakes, and pools and, when proper safety practices are not used, accidents can happen. Injuries to the neck and back occur with great regularity every summer and the spine specialists at Texas Back Institute are all […]

All-Pro Center for the Dallas Cowboys, Travis Frederick, Diagnosed with a Rare Nerve Disease. What Does This Mean for You?

Professional football coaches, players and, especially fans, are fascinated by statistics. Here’s one from “Pro Football Reference” that causes concern among neurosurgeons: On average, each team runs between 67 and 84 offensive plays each game. While “skill” players such as wide receivers and quarterbacks take a few (five or so) “hits” and running backs experience […]

World Cup Player, Farfan, Suffers a Concussion: What You Should Know for Your Soccer Player

Since its inaugural tournament in 1930, every four years the FIFA World Cup soccer championship has drawn some of the largest audiences for a sporting event around the world. Literally billions of television viewers watch this hyper-competitive spectacle, and the players involved become well-known public figures to fans who might not otherwise have ever heard […]

Is There Life After Back Injuries for These Two Young Golfers?

One of the longest professional sports seasons has started again. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) is back in full swing, and several of the “young guns” in the PGA are trying to come back from debilitating injuries. Rory McIlroy and Jason Day experienced back injuries that ended their season last year, and this year they […]

How Surgeons Join Athletes in the “Zone”

In November 2016, Stephen Curry of the NBA Golden State Warriors entered a game against the New Orleans Pelicans – after scoring no points the previous night – and set a new single-game record for completing three-point shots. Curry drained 13 three-pointers in this game, and this was not the first time he had accomplished […]

An All-Texan Taekwondo Team to Compete in the Summer Olympics

Olympians from all over the world are competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and American athletes, who come from just about every state, will also be “going for the Gold.” However, with these games, the state of Texas has something (else) to brag about. Every member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic […]

Play Ball! But Don’t Over Do It.

This is the time of year when the bats are swinging, the baseballs are flying and the boys and girls of summer are at least thinking of the words to the world’s best baseball song… “Put me in coach. I’m ready to play. Today.”~ John Fogerty, Centerfield As the official spine surgeons for the Frisco RoughRiders, […]

Two Players. One Problem. Back Spasm.

Quick talk with Coach #tbt http://t.co/iOcjI6wRFN pic.twitter.com/iSpQixSObp— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) November 20, 2014 The guard heavy lineup, Wear steps up, & a Melo Injury update. @jonahballow’s 5 Takeaways: http://t.co/isVbPNa8TS pic.twitter.com/ZxmUwENuYT— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) November 25, 2014 What do these two men have in common? Both are well-conditioned, professional athletes. Both follow a […]

Back Injuries Sideline Olympic Shooter: How Can Hunters Avoid This Injury?

Autumn is prime time for shooting sports and anyone who has spent a morning in a duck or deer blind has likely experienced some back aches and pain from handling a shotgun or rifle during a hunting trip. While this is expected for older men and women who only get out in the field a […]

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