Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2022-12-06 19:00:11


Biomedical Science

Honors Course

Biol 499, Section 002

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2022


This project intends to use Tiger Woods as a case study to further study the physiological and biomechanical effects of a spinal fusion. In 2017, and at age 42, Woods received an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF) surgery. Less than two years later, Woods was able to return to professional golf. The goals for this research project are to; explain the medical issues that led Woods to receiving this surgery, describe in depth the surgical technique that was used, detail the recovery process that is associated with this procedure, and to examine the change in biomechanics of Tiger Woods’ golf swing post-op. By the end of the paper, the question as to how Woods was able to return to professional golf will be answered.

Research Sponsor

Rachel Olson

First Reader

Robert Duff

Second Reader

Richard Londraville

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto

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