A Triumph of Sports Medicine as Tiger Woods Wins the Masters

Tiger Woods has won the Masters Golf Tournament. The response of my 13-year son to this was…What? He did? Isn’t he old?

It is not just that Tiger Woods is 43, which is older for sports athletes (even golfers). Clearly has a lot of talent and is a great golfer. However, he has had many years of severe back problems. Those back problems were overcome with sports medicine. Sports medicine is overcoming problems that would have ended sports careers in previous decades.

In 2017, Tiger was 42-year-old and had lower right back fusion surgery. He says on his website “I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain. When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling for so long.”

In 2014 and 2015, he had microdiscectomy surgeries.


In 2013, Tiger feel to his knees at a golf tournament with back pain.

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