by Jim Bainbridge | Jul 02, 2014
Bareback rider Ryan Gray, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier and the 2010 PRCA regular-season champion, underwent surgery to repair torn groin and lower abdominal muscles July 1 in Philadelphia and will be sidelined for at least six weeks.
Gray had been experiencing discomfort from the injury since last year’s WNFR and decided to undergo surgery when the pain became more regular and it began to affect his riding.
“It’s a hard injury to see on an MRI,” Gray said, “and it wasn’t constant at first. It would hurt like crazy one day and be fine the next. A couple of months of physical therapy didn’t help, and it was hard to tell exactly what was going on.
“Over time it got worse and worse, to the point where it was starting to have an impact on my riding bucking horses. I had all of my (medical evaluations) sent to Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia and he said, ‘yeah, you’ve got torn muscles on your pelvic floor.”
Dr. Meyers is recognized as a leader in the field of sports pubalgia, who has previously performed surgeries on four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Bobby Mote, bull rider Trey Benton III and bareback rider Clint Cannon.
Gray is sorry to be missing the WNFR for just the second time since 2005, but he is very glad to have the injury behind him.
And he is very glad to be home more to spend time with his son, Ransom, born on Jan. 7.
“That’s the blessing in disguise,” Gray said, “to be around more and experience everything with my family.”
Courtesy of PRCA