Blood jab puts sports stars on fast track to beating injury – Times Online
February 22, 2009 – Maurice Chittenden
THE next time Andy Murray suffers tennis elbow or Tiger Woods, the golfer, tears a ligament in his knee, help could be close at hand.
Scientists have discovered that injecting athletes with their own blood can speed recovery from a whole range of sporting injuries.
Their next step is to persuade the sporting authorities that the procedure – known as platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRPT) – does not amount to doping because your own blood cannot be counted as a banned substance if it is injected into tissue rather than into the bloodstream.
Two of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team received the treatment before their team won the Super Bowl earlier this month. About 20 professional football players in America have also undergone the procedure, but it is banned in Britain at present.