The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is just around the corner, and 32 teams will compete for the ultimate prize in soccer. With stakes this high, it is only natural that athletes will do everything in their disposability to stay at their top performance levels.
One way to reach that top performance level is to undergo stem cell therapy. Here’s a list of famous soccer players who have opted for state-of-the-art treatment with stem cells:
After a knee injury in 2016 that later proved to be a torn cartilage, the Real Madrid star from Portugal underwent autologous stem cell therapy, which involves the extraction of his own blood or bone marrow and subsequent injection directly into the injured joint. What the cells do then is attach themselves to the damaged tissue and begin to produce healthy cells again. Related: Stem cell therapy for knee patients at ProgenCell.
Angel Di Maria
During the past FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Argentinian winger suffered a hamstring injury (a one of the three posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee). In his case the therapy had the purpose of reducing inflammation and accelerating the healing process.
The Spanish player treated a muscle injury with a similar stem cell treatment, also using his own stem cells.
BONUS: Top performers in other sports who have undergone stem cell therapy