I can't remember which member was inquiring about returning to contact sports after surgery...but I hope some of you find the following information helpful.
I ran across this report on a new study entitled:
"High-level athletes can return to play after cervical disc herniation, study finds"
"National Football League players undergoing surgery for cervical disc herniations stand a good chance of returning to the same level play and for a longer period of time afterwards compared to players treated nonoperatively, according to the results a study presented here."
You can read the study here:http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=62037
So far, they have only studied football players, but they plan to add four more sports in the near future.
Personally I don't plan on taking up football any time soon, but, perhaps this study will be encouraging to some of you.