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
Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD: Timing Of Michael Thomas’ Surgery Makes No Sense

Why did Michael Thomas and the Saints delay ankle surgery until June? When things don’t make sense from the outside, that usually just means we don’t have all the information yet. Teams, players and medical staff are not stupid. They sometimes make decisions that don’t work out, but no one intends to make a poor More

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NFL
Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD: Cam Akers’ Achilles Tear Is A Warning

Cam Akers, the LA Rams’ No. 1 running back, tore his Achilles in practice yesterday, and surgery will end his season before it ever got started. He has no chance to return this year, even if his team makes the Super Bowl. Other players around the league should take note. Achilles is now the other More

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NBA
Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD: Two NBA Finals Stars Go In Opposite Health Direction

The Phoenix Suns were heavy favorites to win the NBA Championship but now find themselves as underdogs, down 3-2 and facing elimination by the now heavily-favored Milwaukee Bucks. So what happened? How did the script flip? The answer could lie in the health of each team’s star player. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has recovered from More

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Conor McGregor
MMA
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David Chao, MD: McGregor Admission Could Lead To More Trouble

It makes sense why MMA fighter Conor McGregor broke his leg so easily during UFC 264. The fighter now claims that he had stress fractures in his leg prior to the fight on July 10, which helps his legacy but could land him in trouble with the Nevada Athletic Commission. In the trilogy fight, McGregor’s More

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NBA
Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD: Giannis’ Season Likely Is Over

The parade of star NBA injuries continues. Giannis Antetokounmpo exited in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a knee injury. By video, he came down and hyperextended his left knee.  The good news is, his ACL is likely spared. The bad news is that he is unlikely to return the More

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Bud Dupree
NFL
Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD: Early Optimism On Titans’ DuPree Not Realistic

A well-known saying is numbers don’t lie but people can. In the same vein, videos don’t lie but the way they are interpreted can be quite different. Is the optimism after Bud Dupree workout posts justified? No question Dupree is a supreme athlete and progressing well after ACL surgery. No question the Titans have enough More

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NBA
Pro Football Doc

David Chao, MD: Do LeBron’s Injury Complaints Hold Water?

LeBron James had a mini tweetstorm about NBA playoff injuries that linked them to the lack of rest before the start of this season. Does what he says make sense? Read for yourself and let me present some data. No question there have been more injuries to star players these playoffs, but can we really More

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