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Old 06-11-2011   #1
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Travelle Gaines, one of a handful of trainers that professional athletes such as Terrell Owens(notes) turn to on a regular basis, got an ominous vision of the NFL’s future earlier this week.

One of the league’s top linemen, a guy who normally plays at roughly 330 pounds, came to Gaines’ office at Athletes Performance in Carson, Calif., saying he’d heard from other players that a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement could be reached soon. The player said he needed to get in shape for training camp, which could start, as usual, by the end of July if all goes well.
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The player weighed in at 400 pounds.

“You just know what’s going to happen to guys like that,” Gaines said. “They have to lose weight fast, so they’re going to do something drastic and dangerous, maybe even something illegal.”

Diuretics combined with crash dieting and training are just the beginning of what Gaines and others in his profession see as a recipe for disaster. One team doctor said earlier this offseason that he met with a veteran player who admitted to trying a radical therapy of injecting stem cells into his knee. The procedure is similar to what New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colôn reportedly had done to his shoulder after missing all of the 2010 season and pitching in no more than 19 games a season from 2006 to 2009.

“I just looked at him and said, ‘There’s no such thing as injecting stem cells in a joint, that’s not how they work,’ ” the doctor said, quietly incredulous. “I was lucky because this is a player who trusted me and was willing to tell me what’s going on. I can’t even imagine some of the things we’re going to see when players come back, what kind of surgeries they had that nobody knew about or the kind of rehab they may or may not have done.”

It’s all part of what Gaines and another trainer predict will be a huge rise in injuries.

“I think we’re going to see a massive amount of injuries at a level we haven’t ever seen,” said Brett Fischer, the founder of Fischer Sports in Phoenix. “It’s not just the conditioning. It’s the guys who won’t even know what they’re doing. It’s the rookies who haven’t been to a minicamp who won’t know where they’re supposed to be and don’t know the tempo of how practice works. It’s the free agents who end up with a new team not knowing the plays right away but the coaches expect them to go full-tilt.
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One team doctor said earlier this offseason that he met with a veteran player who admitted to trying a radical therapy of injecting stem cells into his knee. The procedure is similar to what New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colôn reportedly had done to his shoulder after missing all of the 2010 season and pitching in no more than 19 games a season from 2006 to 2009.

“I just looked at him and said, ‘There’s no such thing as injecting stem cells in a joint, that’s not how they work,’ ” the doctor said, quietly incredulous.
The efficacy of this treatment is still very much up in the air. However, injection of stem cells are meant to be performed into TISSUES (such as tendon, ligament and muscle).......NOT into free joint SPACES. The latter will cause intense inflammation with subsequent widespread scarring of the entire joint. That veteran will sadly likely see his career coming to a hastened end.
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