April 27, 2017: These days, whenever ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell meets an elite athlete who has undergone surgery to perform core muscle repair, she has a good idea about who might have performed the procedure.
Dr William Meyers has been at the forefront of core muscle injury treatment dating back to the late 1980s, when he pioneered efforts to diagnose and treat this problem that somehow gained popular awareness under a different and misleading name: sports hernia.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dr Meyers and Stephania provide a fascinating overview of this still sometimes hard to diagnose problem that can hinder an athlete’s power and explosiveness.
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William C. Meyers, MD, is president and chairman of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since his work in the 1980s with the US National Soccer team, the Miami Dolphins, and various Olympic athletes, he has pioneered the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of core muscle injuries, formerly known as athletic pubaglia or sports hernia. He has evaluated more than 15,000 patients, including professional players from the National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, Professional Tennis, Professional Golf, Professional Bull Riding, Swimming, Olympic Track and Field, collegiate, and recreational athletes.
Stephania Bell, PT, is an injury analyst and senior writer for ESPN. Prior to joining ESPN, she worked for Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, California, and taught in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. She has also held teaching positions at Samuel Merritt University and the University of Kansas, and has lectured nationally on various physical therapy topics. She is a recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence Award, the 2015 Newswomen’s Club of New York Award for Specialized Reporting in Sports, and the AAOMPT John McM. Mennel Service award.