David Chao, MD AKA Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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NFL
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ProFootballDoc: Why Jimmy G Is Not A B*tch

Martellus Bennett called out then Patriots teammate Jimmy Garopollo saying “you can’t win with a b*tch at for a quarterback” and Julian Edelman supported his position. Here is why they both are wrong. The injury was not to his non-throwing shoulder as Edelman incorrectly claimed and it is not the first time reports on Garopollo’s More

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Politics
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President Biden Lucky Not to Break His Hip: Sports Doc

President Joe Biden took a leisurely bike ride in his home state of Delaware and as he came to a stop to greet supporters, he fell awkwardly on his right side. As an orthopedic surgeon, I know that this is the type of dangerous fall in which the elderly can easily break their hip. Here’s More

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MLB
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Fernando Tatis Jr. Delay Not a Surprise: Sports Doc

Disappointing news came out of San Diego on Tuesday with the CT scan of Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.’s wrist not showing enough healing. This means no “dry swinging” for the star shortstop and a June return is officially out of the question. This should come as no surprise. Three months ago at OutKick, we More

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Tennis
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Alexander Zverev Injury Outlook: Sports Doc

As top tennis player Alexander Zverev battled Rafael Nadal at the French Open earlier this week, he injured his right ankle. Instead of sliding as is typical on the Roland Garros clay court, he took an extra awkward step and rolled his ankle. Clay is quite a different style of play than grass. Sliding on More

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Manny Machado
MLB
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Manny Machado’s Tennis Elbow Sure Beats Alternative: Sports Doc

Manny Machado the baseball player has “tennis elbow.” That is both good and bad news for the San Diego Padres. The formal name for the Machado injury is lateral epicondylitis and it does not always involve playing tennis. This is an overuse injury to the extensor tendons of the wrist/hand at their origin on the More

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NFL
Pro Football Doc

Colin Kaepernick Return to NFL Not Physically Realistic

After a Raiders workout, the Colin Kaepernick chatter has resurfaced. Strictly from a health and medical perspective, this all seems to be a waste of time as it is unlikely Colin Kaepernick can have an effective return to the NFL after a six-year absence. If it happened, it would be unprecedented in the league. Even More

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