A Brief History Of: Sports Medicine

Jim Davis / Boston Globe / Landov

As New England patriots fans will attest, the scariest letters in sports are ACL--as in an anterior cruciate ligament tear, probably the knee injury that ended quarterback Tom Brady's season on Sept. 7. But thanks to the marvels of modern sports medicine, the Pats' superstar should be dissecting defenses again in 2009. Ever since surgeon Frank Jobe revolutionized baseball in the 1970s with the pioneering elbow-repair technique now known as Tommy John surgery, doctors have been developing innovative ways to treat sports injuries. From managing concussions (some 300,000 annually in the U.S.; football players and female athletes are at higher risk)...

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