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August 21st, 2008
03:04 PM ET

Tiger Woods: Will the swing return?

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Bio
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Every year in the United States, there are around 200,000 ACL injuries a year. As you might guess, they are most common in soccer, football and basketball. So, when you heard about Tiger Woods golf injury, you may have been a little surprised. In fact, he has had four knee operations since 1994, with the most serious one being on June 24th of this year. As you watch this video, pay close attention to the left knee and the amount of torque that is placed on it. There is a pivot like motion that orthopedic surgeons seem to believe caused the problem.

The operation itself is a fairly straightforward one but now the name of Tiger’s game is rehab.

Woods tell us in his blog that he is more mobile than a month ago, and that he spends most of his rehab time riding a stationary bike. It sounds like he would look a lot different as well. He says he has lost 10 pounds of muscle and is mainly eating a raw and organic diet. The kicker is that he is not even planning on swinging a golf club until next year. That’s quite a change of lifestyle for someone who has played golf for almost his whole life.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Tiger will be back as soon as he recovers and gets his rehab done to the point he feels like he needs to be to compete. In the meantime he has sponsorships he can occupy his time with. I'm not certain just how many he has but I do know he is one of the people that does commercials for Accenture....so between that and spending time with his family he should enjoy the time off and use his recovery time to do some things he didn't have time for before.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Sharon from Indy

    Dr. Gupta:
    I know this is hard to believe but Tiger Woods is human.

    Like any other human, he needs time to heal. Facing the end of his career in golf if he swings a golf club too soon, I would too avoid the stick as much as possible.

    Anyway, doesn't he have a sweet little daughter to give some time to right now?

    August 21, 2008 at 7:07 pm |
  3. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Are y'all familiar with the 'plan?' Earl Woods had to raise a son to stardom, as a base for him becoming a spokeman for shaping and improving the human condition on Earth? He, and maybe others?, professed Tiger to be a 'chosen one', on the level of Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.
    Golf was 'selected' as the vehicle for Tiger to gain world prominence, from where suggestions for improvements World problems could made, (poverty, class struggles, race issues).
    With the announcement of Obama having a poor, African sibling, it somehow touched my memory of this, what some will call, peculiar, but maybe fantastic belief of the late Earl Woods.
    It was a plan that he never kept secret from his son.
    From time to time, I wonder if Tiger has dismissed his father's vision as motivation to become a better athlete; or if he will someday fulfill his father's dream!?

    Obama/Woods 08!? (;+p

    August 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |