Muscle and Medicine

Muscle and Medicine
If You Give a Mouse a Concussion . . .
If You Give a Mouse a Concussion . . .
Using a novel technique to peer through the skulls of living mice, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland are observing concussed brains in real time, transforming ideas of what happens at the molecular level and pointing the way to possible treatment for mild brain trauma
By Robert Klemko
Muscle and Medicine
Jermichael Finley Is Fighting Back
Jermichael Finley Is Fighting Back
The Packers tight end, soon to be a free agent, has come a long way since a near-paralyzing hit and spinal-fusion surgery in October. As he works strenuously to regain his playing form, his biggest challenge may be to convince teams he’s not a risk
By Jenny Vrentas
Muscle and Medicine
Where There’s Smoke . . .
Where There’s Smoke...
It’s legal to light up in both Denver and Seattle this weekend, and marijuana is approved for medicinal use in some 20 states. Is it time the NFL relaxed its ban on a drug seen by many players as benign and therapeutic?
By Robert Klemko
Muscle and Medicine
Ben Tate: No Pain, No Gain
Ben Tate: No Pain, No Gain
The Texans’ season is a lost cause, but there’s one reason to stick with them: a running back who’s playing through the agony of four broken ribs—and enduring acupuncture to cope—to prove he’s worth a free-agent investment
By Robert Klemko
Muscle and Medicine
2013: Year of the Injury?
2013: Year of the Injury?
We all took notice when a spate of big-name players went down in the preseason, a trend that has seemingly continued into the regular season. But are major injuries up, or is it all in our heads?
By Jenny Vrentas
Muscle and Medicine
The Business of Getting Better—and the Best
The Business of Getting Better—and the Best
Injured players are relying on team doctors less and less in their quests to get back on the field. The complicated reasons for getting a second opinion can leave NFL surgeons in an awkward position
By Andrew Brandt
Muscle and Medicine
Can a Soccer Doctor Save NFL Players’ Knees?
Can a Soccer Doctor Save NFL Players’ Knees?
By Robert Klemko
Muscle and Medicine
From Jock to Doc
From Jock to Doc
After eight seasons of professional football, Mark Adickes went back to school for 13 years to become a surgeon. Some know him as Sasquatch, others as Big Daddy. Robert Griffin III knows him as the first doctor to have fixed his knee
By Emily Kaplan
Muscle and Medicine
Stevie Brown’s ACL Surgery: 63 Minutes to a New Knee
Stevie Brown’s ACL Surgery: 63 Minutes to a New Knee
By Jenny Vrentas
Muscle and Medicine
Chip Kelly’s Mystery Man
Chip Kelly’s Mystery Man
To get the most out of his players, Kelly is turning camp into a performance laboratory—but who’s that at the controls?
By Jenny Vrentas