Case ReportTotal Disc Replacement Surgery in a Professional Australian Rugby League Player A Case ReportGan, Thomas BSc, MB, BS*; Rickenbach, Andre BHSc, MSc, Med†; Scott-Young, Matthew FRACS‡Author Information *Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; †Manly Sea Eagles, Sydney Academy of Sport, Cromer, New South Wales, Australia; and ‡Gold Coast Spine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Corresponding Author: Thomas Gan, BSc, MB, BS, Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre, Sydney, NSW 2101, Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org). The authors report no conflicts of interest. Received August 15, 2017 Accepted February 06, 2018 Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: January 2020 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p e5-e7 doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000610 Buy Metrics Abstract Abstract: Chronic persistent lower back pain due to degenerative disc disease (DDD) of the lumbar spine is a common condition in the athletic population, which does not always improve with nonoperative treatment. We present a case report of a professional Australian rugby league player with DDD of the lumbar spine presenting with persistent lower back pain, which was not responding to conventional nonsurgical treatment. He then underwent a surgical total disc replacement of the lumbar spine and was subsequently able to return to playing professional rugby league at his previous level of competition. This is the only known documented case of a professional athlete in any form of contact sport successfully returning to his previous level of function and competition after undergoing a total disc replacement of the lumbar spine. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.