That’s Gotta Hurt

The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever

Dr. David Geier

In That’s Gotta Hurt, the orthopaedist David Geier shows how sports medicine has had a greater impact on the sports we watch and play than any technique or concept in coaching or training. Injuries among professional and college athletes have forced orthopaedic surgeons and other healthcare providers to develop new surgeries, treatments, rehabilitation techniques, and prevention strategies. In response to these injuries, sports themselves have radically changed their rules, mandated new equipment, and adopted new procedures to protect their players. Parents now openly question the safety of these sports for their children and look for ways to prevent the injuries they see among the pros. The influence that sports medicine has had in effecting those changes and improving both the performance and the health of the athletes has been remarkable. Through the stories of a dozen athletes whose injuries and recovery advanced the field (including Joan Benoit, Michael Jordan, Brandi Chastain, and Tommy John), Dr. Geier explains how sports medicine makes sports safer for the pros, amateurs, student-athletes, and weekend warriors alike. That’s Gotta Hurt is a fascinating and important book for all athletes, coaches, and sports fans.

Paper: $19.95 | E-book: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9781611689068
Pages: 320 | Size: 6 in. x 9.25 in.
Date Published: June 6, 2017


  • Compelling stories. . . . Recommended.

  • That’s Gotta Hurt is a fascinating journey that explores the surgeries, rule changes, and other efforts that sports and sports medicine have adopted in response to injuries in order to keep athletes healthy and performing at top levels.

    Dr. James Andrews
    orthopaedic surgeon and author of Any Given Monday
  • That’s Gotta Hurt examines some of the emerging treatments that aim to help all of us recover from injuries that used to end our careers. It’s a must-read if you love to exercise or play sports!

    Dr. Jordan Metzl
    sports medicine physician and author of The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies and Running Strong
  • I was blessed to have a long career in the NBA, and my doctors and athletic trainers played a huge role in keeping me on the court. I saw firsthand how important sports medicine was to helping basketball players at every level recover from injuries and play longer than the guys before us. As That's Gotta Hurt shows, we still have work to do to keep the young kids who dream of playing in the pros one day healthy.

    Caron Butler
    former NBA player and commentator on the NBA for TuneIn, FS1 (Fox Sports), and ESPN

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