Tiger Woods is back. For the moment at least, with last week’s win at the Tour Championship, he has quieted the demons of the past – the injuries, the drugs, the DUI arrest. Now, with a return to Ryder Cup playing action in France this week, his performance ascendant and his personal life under control, Woods’s greatest challenge may still be his health, as he plays with a lower back held together by plates and screws. Playing a sport not normally associated with a high rate of injury, Woods has a history – ACL surgery, four back surgeries, achilles injuries and an MCL sprain – more commonly seen in athletes who play contact sports. According to Dr Robert Watkins III, a Los Angeles-based spine surgeon, it’s those injuries that likely triggered Woods’s back problems. “It’s the Dizzy Dean effect [a baseball pitcher, Dean’s injured toe lead him to change his pitching mechanics, causing him arm problems], some guy gets a knee problem, starts favoring the area, and it leads to a back problem,” says Watkins, whose patients have included NFL stars Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski. It’s plausible that the ACL injury and surgery to Woods’s left knee, as well… Read full this story
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