Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Daniel Garza of Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Written by Laura Dyrda | September 03, 2010 | Print  |
In order to develop better treatment of football injuries, Daniel Garza, MD, emergency room and sports medicine physician at Stanford (Calif.) Hospital & Clinics, is collaborating with the San Francisco 49ers for a study about the biomechanics of football injuries, according to a Stanford Hospital & Clinics news release.

"We're trying to understand the biomechanics of the trauma players receive so we can both assess how well their body armor is working and what physicians should be looking out for," said Dr. Garza, who is also the medical director for the 49ers, in the release. "It's difficult to assess these athletes on the sidelines when they've potentially sustained some kind of internal injury, especially when they're reluctant to leave the game."

As part of the project, offensive players will wear sensors on their chest and abdomen and shoulder pads while defensive players will wear wireless transmitters to send information about the force and location of the hits to a computer. The researchers will also use infrared cameras to capture and measure heat emanating from players while they rest at the sidelines.

Dr. Garza has published several articles on sports medicine for athletes including football players and competitive gymnasts. He is currently a clinical assistant professor at Stanford Sports Medicine in California.

Dr. Garza earned his medical degree from Stanford University and completed his residency at Stanford/Kaiser in California. His additional training includes a fellowship in hand surgery at Stanford. His clinical interests include trauma in athletes and overuse injuries.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Bob Waskowitz

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. David Geier of Medical University of South Carolina

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