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Playing Hurt: Treating and Evaluating the Warriors of the NFL Paperback – June 20, 2002

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Pro football is a punishing sport. Witout team physicians, even the toughest players would not be able to battle through the injuries and grueling pain of the season. For seventeen years, before, during , and after games, Dr. Pierce Scranton tended to the wounded of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. In PLAYING HURT, Dr. Scranton explores the high-stakes world of treating injured pro athletes while also having to deal with team owners, general managers, head coaches, and agents. Scranton discusses the issues that are always present in pro football, whether its the league's steroids policy or the debate about grass versus artificial turf. He provides a detailed look at how team physicians evaluate college players before the NFL draft, and he takes readers inside the draft-day "war room."

PLAYING HURT includes interviews with former NFL players such as All-Pro running back Curt Warner, who describe what it is like to persevere through a physically punishing NFL season and to battle catastrophic injuries. Scranton also talks about the highs and lows of being associated with the Seahawks and working with NFL greats Chick Knox, Steve Largent, and Tom Flores and the always controversial Brian "The Boz" Bosworth. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Pierce E. Scranton Jr., M.D., is a practicing orthopedic surgeon, ex-president of the NFL Physicians Society, and associate editor of the Journal of Joint and Bone Surgery. Dr. Scranton lives near Seattle, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (June 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574885073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574885071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,407,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pooh Guy on December 5, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Full disclosure: the book was recommended to me by a doctor who is a freind of the author. Additionally, I have personally been treated more than once by the trainer (Jimmy Whitesel) who the author worked with while he was with the Seahawks.


I don't usually refer to other reviewers, but even though I agree wholeheartedly with their recommendations to buy this book, their comments are baffling to me, and, I believe, quite misleading.

First, the book does not focus on drinking. I was so surprised by the reviewers who said that the author talks too much about drinking, that I actually re-read the entire book. In 177 pages, the author mentions drinking exactly 3 times, and each time it is a very brief, almost passing mention, mostly in the context of the restaurant's atmosphere as part of a meal on the road. To claim that drinking is some major part of this book is utterly ridiculous.

Second, the book does not leave you lost in medical terminology. The criticism that the author often uses anatomical terms without explaining them is somewhat fair, but only somewhat. The author DOES explain the consequences very clearly, so you never feel like you're missing something. For example, even if you don't fully understand the position and exact function of the anterior cruciate ligament in the human knee, you can't possibly miss how critical it is to knee stability. The author goes to great lengths talking about how it affects performance, especially depending on the position the player plays.

Finally, as for focusing on the Seahawks, well, duh. He was the Seahawks' team doctor. He's writing from his own experience. He DOES talk quite a bit about other teams, their medical staffs, their approaches, etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent Morris on April 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Scranton is an excellent author. Playing Hurt is well written and captivating.
He brings you behind the scenes of the NFL, and describes the entire process of an athlete's life in well written detail. Medical knowledge is helpful, but not reqired. You can reference the medical terminology on the internet if need be.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about sports medicine, or even the casual NFL fan (like me).
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By D. Carman on September 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is pretty tame and concentrated on the Seattle Seahawks. No problem there except some of the personal vignettes at the end of the book are all about that team, too. I love football so the book was interesting but not in my top 15 list.
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