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These days, when ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell meets an elite athlete who has had surgery to repair a core muscle injury, she has a good idea who might have performed the procedure.

Dr. William Meyers has been at the forefront of core muscle injury treatment since the late 1980s. He pioneered efforts to diagnose and treat this problem that gained popular awareness under a different and misleading name: sports hernia.

In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dr. Meyers and Stephania give a fascinating overview of core muscle injury. They also discuss how 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 Olympic athletes. He pioneered the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of core muscle injuries, formerly known as athletic pubalgia 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. He also has worked with professional tennis, golf, bull riders, swimmers, as well as Olympic track and field, collegiate, and recreational athletes.

Stephania Bell

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. She 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 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. 

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