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:https://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.