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Acknowledgments My father actually came up with the idea for this book. He sent me a text message one night saying that I should write a book and call it That’s Gotta Hurt: The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever. He offered Joan Benoit, Bernard King, and Dave Duerson as examples of athletes whose injuries and injury treatments have changed their sports and the treatment of athletes of all ages. After a few more hours of texting, we had almost the entire list of athletes I discuss in this book. In fact, he insisted I use the Wide World of Sports opening montage, with Vinko Bogataj crashing at the base of a ski jump, as my introduction. While I remembered watching the show almost every Saturday afternoon as a kid, I couldn’t figure out how “the agony of defeat” would apply to what I wanted to write. After researching the crash and learning the effects that footage had on the sport of ski jumping, I had my introduction. As always, my dad’s instincts were right. He has been more helpful through this process than I can ever describe. He has read multiple drafts of every chapter. He convinced me to stick with my message when agents and publishers wanted a more prescriptive medical book. I could not have written this book without his time, wisdom, support, and love. Much of the information on the injuries I describe came from hundreds of hours of research in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. I could not have told these stories and explained their significance, though, without the insight and experiences of people close to the events. So many people selflessly gave their valuable time to talk to me, and I could not be more grateful to them. Among the athletes and their coaches, teams, and family, I am deeply appreciative of Sam Bowie, Rory Bushfield, Brandi Chastain, Michael Duerson, Max Eisenbud, Bob Sevene, Bill Walton, and Gregg Williams. I am also thankful for the time and insight shared by many journalists and experts in their fields, including Ken Anderson, Timothy Epstein, Andrea Kremer, Mike Oliver, Alan Schwarz, and Doug Wilson. In writing this book, I relied on the knowledge and research of a huge number of physicians, health-care professionals, and medical experts who graciously 248 / Acknowledgments offered their time and perspectives. Many thanks to Barry Boden, James Bradley , Peter Brukner, Lyle Cain, Robert Cantu, Douglas Casa, Lindsay DiStefano, Julie Eibensteiner, Gary Green, Glenn Fleisig, Tom Hackett, Jo Hannafin, Tim Hewett, Barry Jordan, Steve Lombardo, Bert Mandelbaum, Matt Matava, Chris Mazoué, Ann McKee, Jordan Metzl, Fred Mueller, Norman Scott, Erin Shannon, Donald Shelbourne, Holly Silvers, Robert Stern, Herb Stevenson, Jeff Stotts, Dania Sweitzer, and Vehniah Tjong. I cannot say enough about Dana Newman, my amazing literary agent. Many publishers wanted me to write a prescriptive book, suggesting what readers could do for a rotator cuff tear or meniscus tear. This is the book that I wanted to write. She understood it immediately and supported it completely. Thank you to Stephen Hull and the team at ForeEdge and University Press of New England. You are all great at what you do, and you were a pleasure to work with. Thank you to Erik Calonius for reading and helping me craft my book proposal , reading my initial chapters, and offering much-needed encouragement. I am indebted to my longtime assistant, Jen Streckfuss. She tracked down contact information for people I wanted to interview and helped assemble the citations for the hundreds of sources I used. In addition, she helped with many of the daily functions of my website, podcast, videos, and Sports Medicine University so that I could devote much of my limited free time to this book. Along the same lines, thank you to Stephanie Coffin for her help with both this book and my website and social media. And thank you to Prateek Prasanna for letting me bounce ideas about injuries and injury trends off him. Malcolm Dewitt, the sports editor at The Post and Courier, offered me my first real opportunity to write for an audience outside of my website. I started by writing what he and I thought readers in Charleston would want to read from an orthopedic surgeon: explanations of injuries among local athletes. Honestly, my first few columns were not good at all. Malcolm stuck with me as I worked to improve. Gradually he allowed me to expand my column to discuss my passions: arguments for rule...


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Subject Headings

  • Athletes -- United States -- Biography.
  • Athletes -- Health and hygiene.
  • Sports medicine -- History.
  • Sports injuries -- History.
  • Sports -- United States -- History.
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