AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 28, Number 3, 2019

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Triathlons and Neurosurgery: Part 2

Triathlons and Neurosurgery: Part 2

Rocco A. Armonda, MD, FAANS

Editor’s note: In Part 1, Dr. Armondo describes why and how he entered the life of Triathlons. Here in Part 2, he continues that journey and muses on the positive impact on all aspects of …

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Why I Like Running Marathons

Why I Like Running Marathons

Gail Rosseau, MD, FAANS

When I finished my residency and started my first job in practice, I was eager to spend more time running and to begin participating in races. I went online and joined a runner’s group that …

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Competitive Weightlifting and the Spine

Competitive Weightlifting and the Spine

Steven Denyer; Laura Stone McGuire, MD; Ankit I. Mehta, MD, FAANS

When done correctly, weightlifting can help build muscle mass and strength, which can help stabilize the spine, improve posture and reduce back pain. When done incorrectly, it can worsen or cause back injuries. There is …

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How Sports Prepared Me for Neurosurgery

How Sports Prepared Me for Neurosurgery

Nicholas S. Szuflita, MD

The so-called “life lessons” one learns from sports are so often described that the idea has become trite. Athletic endeavors certainly do not have a monopoly on lessons about teamwork, dedication, focus or perseverance. Young …

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Diversity of Experience: Hockey and Neurosurgery

Diversity of Experience: Hockey and Neurosurgery

Christopher Fox, MD, FAANS

Patients frequently ask how I became a neurosurgeon after playing college and professional hockey. At first glance, the fields seem so disparate – how could someone be involved in both? In fact, there are many …

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Why I Row

Why I Row

Robert D. Ecker, MD, FAANS

It was a cold November morning in 2016 and I had just warmed up on the local high school track to do some intervals. The sun was just rising and the light and cool temperature …

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The Neurosurgeons Sports Medicine Laboratory

The Neurosurgeons Sports Medicine Laboratory

Joseph Maroon, MD, FAANS(L)

General Douglas MacArthur had his own words inscribed over the entrance of the gymnasium at West Point: “On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear …

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Triathlons and Neurosurgery: Part 1

Triathlons and Neurosurgery: Part 1

Rocco A. Armonda, MD, FAANS

Editor’s note:  In Part 1, Dr. Armondo describes why and how he entered the life of Triathlons. In Part 2, he continues that journey and muses on the positive impact on all aspects of his …

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Return to Play following Concussion in Football: Our NFL Experience Part 2

Return to Play following Concussion in Football: Our NFL Experience Part 2

David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, FAANS; Joseph Maroon, MD, FAANS(L); Vincent J. Miele, MD, FAANS; John Norwig

Part 2: This is the second article of a two part series describing the authors’ experience working with the NFL’s concussion protocol. Read Part 1 Multi-Disciplinary Care for the Concussed Athlete A multidisciplinary treatment team offers the …

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The Sports Neurosurgeon

The Sports Neurosurgeon

Allen K. Sills, MD, FAANS

What is a sports neurosurgeon and what qualifications are required to become one? Why should a neurosurgeon become involved in the regular care of athletes? How does one prepare for a career in this emerging …

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A Life of Sports and Neurosurgery

A Life of Sports and Neurosurgery

H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FAANS

I grew up in West Texas where life was not terribly complicated: There were studies and there were sports. My father, Henry, was captain of the tennis team at the University of Texas during his …

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Ride for Life

Ride for Life

William T. Couldwell, MD, PhD, FAANS

My interest in cycling came out of necessity, secondary to injuries sustained during my youth from competitive downhill skiing and motocross racing. My right knee suffered several injuries, including meniscal and multiple ligamentous injuries requiring …

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The Football and Neurosurgery Connection

The Football and Neurosurgery Connection

Myron L. Rolle, MD

I come from a football family. My father was the founder of the Caribbean American Football League in my home in the Bahamas. My cousins Samari and Antrel Rolle played several seasons with All-Pro and …

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Skiing and Neurosurgery

Skiing and Neurosurgery

Isabelle M. Germano, MD, MBA, FAANS

I learned how to ski at around the same time I learned to walk. Skiing was not just a luxury, it was a necessity. Two light pieces of wood tightly strapped to my leather boots …

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Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

Peter A. Rasmussen, MD, FAANS

Gone Fishing. In today’s world, this is a phrase that has lost much of its traditional meaning. Pause for a moment, reflect and think about those words. Gone Fishing. From the frame of today’s nearly perfectly …

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