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Editor’s Note: A recent story about Peyton Manning seeking stem cell therapy for a recurring neck injury inspired a number of media outlets to dig a little deeper into the pro-athlete quest for care. What follows are just two of the stories highlighting the distances athletes are going to find restoration and healing.


Kobe Bryant Knee Treatment Highly Experimental, According To Report

Sbnation.com—Earlier this offseason, Kobe Bryant underwent a mysterious treatment for his aching knee in Germany. At the time, the procedure was compared to platelet rich therapy, a treatment in which platelets are injected into the tissue of the troublesome spot in order to spur restoration and healing. But a report from ESPN, the Magazine’s Shaun Assael reveals that the procedure Bryant underwent is even less well-known than that.

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Athletes go to great lengths for recovery

msn.foxsports.com—Santana Moss sought treatment outside the country before it was trendy.

“There are doctors out there who know a lot more than our trainers,” the veteran Washington Redskins receiver told FOXSports.com. “Guys who play on this level want to stay on this level, and they’re going to seek the extra help. I just go and let whoever can fix me, fix me.”

Moss was a patient of Anthony Galea, a Canadian physician who treated several elite athletes. Galea, who was not authorized to treat patients in the U.S., accepted a plea deal in July for attempting to smuggle human growth hormone and the unapproved drug Actovegin into the country. Not all athletes Galea treated received banned or restricted drugs, and Moss was not suspended by the NFL under the league’s drug policy.

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