Records suggest JFK's back troubles may have been a factor in his assassination

There are countless theories about the workings behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and among them is that the slain leader’s back troubles may have been a factor, reports CNN.

Due to the problems, Kennedy wore a tight brace, and some suggest that it hindered his ability to quickly react to the first shot and avoid the second and fatal blow. 

Dr. Thomas Pait, a spinal surgeon who wrote a paper about Kennedy’s back surgeries, told CNN, “The brace was a firmly bound corset, around his hips and lower back and higher up.”

“He tightly laced it and put a wide Ace bandage around in a figure eight around his trunk. If you think about it, if you have that brace all the way up your chest, above your nipples, and real tight, are you going to be able to bend forward?” Pait further noted.

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(GERMANY OUT) Attentat / Kennedy-Attentat: Lee Harvey Oswald steht im Vorgarten eines amerikanischen Wohnhauses und hält ein Gewehr in der Hand. An der Seite trägt er eine Pistole mit Halfter. Mit der rechten Hand hält er sich ein Schriftstück, möglicherweise eine Zeitung, vor die Brust. Am 22. November 1963 tötet Oswald den amerikanischen Präsidenten bei einem Besuch im texanischen Bundesstaat Dallas. Nach seiner Verhaftung wird der 24-jährige von dem Nachtclubbesitzer Jack Ruby ermordet. Undatiertes Foto. (Photo by Thomas & Thomas/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Dallas. Texas. Location of the scene where John Kennedy was assassinated during an official journey, 1963, United States, National archives. Washington, . (Photo by: Photo12/UIG via Getty Images)
American president John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) is struck by an assassin's bullet as he travels through Dallas in a motorcade, 22nd November 1963. In the car next to him is his wife Jacqueline (1929 - 1994) and in the front seat is Texas governor John Connally. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The view from the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, from which Lee Harvey Oswald is thought to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy, 22nd November 1963. This photograph was taken approximately one hour after the assassination. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite reports President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, TX on Friday, November 22, 1963. (CBS via Getty Images)
23rd November 1963: Mugshot of Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963), alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, taken by the Dallas Police department, Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In the aftermath of the assasination of US President John F. Kennedy, American politician and Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908 - 1973) takes the oath of office to become the 36th President of the United States as he is sworn in by US Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes (1896 - 1985) (left) on the presidential aircraft, Air Force One, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (later Onassis) stands beside him at right. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963) (R), alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is detained by a police officer while under arrest, Dallas, Texas, November 1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A model used by the Warren Commission to illustrate three shots allegedly taken by Lee Harvey Oswald is seen in the Sixth Floor Museum formally the site of the Texas School Book Depository October 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The the Warren Commission, established by President Lyndon Johnson, studied and rep leased an official report on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK in Dallas's Dealey Plaza. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963) (C) is taken into custody by police after allegedly shooting President John F Kennedy, Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
A map of Oak Cliff in Dallas, showing the location of eyewitnesses to the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald in the vicinity of the killing of police officer J. D. Tippit, 22nd November 1963. Tippit was shot by Oswald whilst attempting to bring him in for questioning in relation to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Of course, the responsibility for the assassination rests on gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, though there are a number of theories regarding whether or not he acted alone. 

The recently declassified intelligence files on the November 22, 1963 shooting mention rumored plots and suspect individuals and groups but stop far short of verification and the assignment of responsibility, according to the Washington Post.

Kennedy’s was the first assassination of a U.S. president since 1901, the year William McKinley succumbed to a gunshot.

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(Original Caption) Newport, RI: Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, cut their wedding cake after their marriage yesterday at St. Mary's Church in Newport.
(Original Caption) Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and wedding party after church ceremony. Photo.
(Original Caption) Jackie and John Kennedy cut their wedding cake in 1953. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Mr and Mrs. John F. Kennedy cutting their wedding cake.
Jackie and JFK in 1953
The wedding party posing 
So in love! 
A little girl smelling a flower at John F. Kennedy's wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Guests attending John F. Kennedy's wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier sit together in the sunshine at Kennedy's family home at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, a few months before their wedding.
Two little girls playing at John F. Kennedy's (L) wedding breakfast. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Democratic senator for Massachusetts, escorts his bride Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (1929 - 1994) down the church aisle shortly after their wedding ceremony at Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 9/10/1953- Hyannisport, MA: Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) and Miss Jaqueline Lee Bouvier of Newport, RI, will be married September 12 at Newport, in one of the most elaborate weddings of the current season. The couple are shown above at Kennedy's Hyannisport, MA home shortly after their engagement was announced recently. Miss Bouvier sips a cup of tea demurely.
Socialite Jacqueline Bouvier fixing veil of wedding dress outdoors at Hammersmith Farm on day of her marriage to Sen. John Kennedy. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy (R) w. bride Jacqueline (L) in wedding attire, sitting together at table, eating pineapple salad at formally set table outdoors at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier in gorgeous Battenburg wedding dress w. her husband Sen. John Kennedy as they stand in front of church after wedding ceremony. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Former US Amb. to Great Britain Joseph Kennedy, dancing with son John F. Kennedy's bride, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, at their wedding reception held at her mother's home. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier (C), bride of Sen. John F. Kennedy, wearing a gorgeous off-the-shoulder wedding dress. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy (4R) with his bride Jacqueline at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline (C), standing with a group of ushers. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
12th September 1953: John Kennedy (1917 -1963) and Jacqueline Bouvier (1929 - 1994) pose with their ushers and maids of honor on their wedding day, Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - SEPTEMBER 12: Senator Leverett Saltonstall congratulates Sen. John F. Kennedy at the wedding reception as Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline Bouvier, looks on, Sept. 12, 1953. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
View from behind of Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she dances with her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Portrait of future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (middle row, center) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), as they pose with their groomsmen, among them Kennedy's brothers Ted Kennedy (1932 - 2009) (middle row, left) and Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (middle row, second right) on the day of his wedding, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
View of the head table of at the Kennedy wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. Among those pictured are Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (seated, second left), bride Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (seated, center) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), groom and future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (seated second, right); standing behind them is Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921 - 2009). (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Low-angle view of future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she holds the arm of her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963), in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) take the first dance at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) is escorted to St Mary's Church by her stepfather, Hugh D Auchincloss (1897 - 1976) for her wedding to John F Kennedy who walked her down the aisle, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) poses with her husband politician and future US President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) immediately after their wedding at Hammerstein Farm Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, leave a Newport, Rhode Island, church following their wedding ceremony. An estimated one thousand people waited outside the church for the newlyweds.
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