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October 16, 2013
49ers mourn passing of team physician Daniel Garza

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Dr. Daniel Garza, a 49ers team phycisian and a leading researcher on concussions in athletes, has passed away.

Stanford University, where Garza, 43, was an assistant professor and an orthopedic surgeon, said in a news release Wednesday that Garza died at his Bay Area home on Tuesday night. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Garza began working with the 49ers in 2006 and had become a fixture on the their sideline in recent years. He was one of the trained eyes assigned to watch for signs of a concussion among the 49ers players. The team released a statement Wednesday night:

"The 49ers organization has been informed of a tragedy. We were saddened to learn Dr. Dan Garza died unexpectedly Tuesday. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this trying time."

Garza was an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. His primary research focused on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in athletes.

According to the school's news service, Garza conducted extensive studies on the risk of concussions by fitting athletes, including Stanford football players, with mouthpieces that measured the impact and frequency of collisions.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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