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Paging doctor time machine

Today's sports medicine could've saved yesterday's injury-shortened careers

Originally Published: September 21, 2012
By Larry Smith and Lizzie Haldane | ESPN The Magazine

FOUR YEARS after suffering a torn rotator cuff that would've ended her career even a decade ago, Maria Sharapova is the world's No. 2 women's tennis player. Her comeback made us wonder: Would today's sports medicine have changed the careers of legends cut down early by injury? So we turned to top sports docs to evaluate four icons, diagnose how they'd be treated today and give us a peek at how future stars will heal.

Bo Jackson, NFL 1987-90, MLB 1986-94

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