Sports injuries always have been issues among intercollegiateand professional sports. According to Journal Athletic Training, about50% of intercollegiate student athletes have experienced sports injuries.
Thesports injuries include sprain, strain, concussion, fracture, and many otherinjuries. Many intercollegiate student athletes and professional sportsathletes suffered these types of injuries in their career and had to sit outsideline for a short or long term. Then they had to go through treatment andrehabilitation process in order to return to play. Now days, the advancedmedical technology helps diminish these treatment and rehabilitation processtime so they can return to play faster. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention andNational Athletic Trainers’ Association, the most common sports injuries aremusculoskeletal and connective tissue injuries for example, muscle strain andligament sprain. Muscle strain is tear or overstretch of muscle fiber andligament sprain is tear or overstretch of ligaments which connect bones. Recoverytime of muscle strain and ligaments sprain is varies depending on severity andit could take up to 4-6weeks.
This time frame affects player’s availability andcould jeopardize team’s standing especially in professional sports. For example, there are notable professional sports athleteswho received Palatelet-Rich Plasma(PRP) therapy recently, including Tom Brady,Stephen Curry, and Tiger Woods. Stephen Curry, professional basketball playersustained grade 1 Medial Collateral Ligament(MCL) sprain during playoff onApril 16, 2017 and diagnosed to be sidelined 2weeks. However, he receivedPalatelet-Rich Plasma(PRP) therapy and returned to full play on April 24, 2017.
PRP is the new type of therapy in order to boost the healingprocess of musculoskeletal and connective tissue injuries by injecting growthfactor(palatelets) in targeting area. In order to obtain PRP, the blood has tobe collected from the patient and centrifuged. Palatelets were separate fromother cells and concentrated during centrifuge. Then, this concentratedplatelets injected back to patient’s injured area. According to I am a Certified Athletic Trainer and practice my licensuresince 2011. I have been working as sports medicine staff at Division 1 Universityand professional sports.
When I was working at professional soccer team, LAGalaxy, one of our key players sustained MCL sprain a week before championshipgame. If PRP therapy was available at that time, he may have higher chance toplay the championship game and contribute the team to pursue winningchampionship. In professional team, it is losing money if high paid player doesnot play due to injury and sports fans want see their high caliber performance.
Because of that, athletic trainers and other medical staffs get pressured toget a player back to the field faster. As