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ARod Gets German Knee Treatment Thanks To Kobe Bryant – SportsUntapped.com
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Added December 28th, 2011 by Chalk

A-Rod Gets German Knee Treatment Thanks To Kobe Bryant
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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went to Germany for an experimental treatment on his right knee based on the advice of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, multiple sources tell the New York Post. A-Rod had the treatment within the last month, and had the go-ahead from the Yankees organization and the commissioner’s office.

Kobe first had the German treatment on his knee after the Lakers were bounced from the playoffs last summer, and then went for a treatment on his ankle shortly before the current NBA season began. Tiger Woods and tennis star Rafael Nadal have also gotten the German treatment.

Basically the Germans take some blood from the athlete’s arm, spin it around real fast in a centrifuge, then inject it back into the affected area. There’s little to no scientific evidence that says this is effective, but if it’s good enough for Kobe… “A lot of athletes I’ve talked to really think this stuff works, but we really don’t have a lot of scientific knowledge behind it of exactly what’s happening,” says Mount Sinai Hospital’s co-chief of sports medicine. “It’s a great way to reduce inflammation and therefore pain, and that’s the essence of it. I think a lot of the athletes who have wear-and-tear on their knees benefit from this. You do it for a while and if it doesn’t stay good you do it again in a few years.”

A-Rod struggled mightily after returning from a knee surgery last June, hitting .198 over his first 66 at-bats after coming back. Then he really sucked in the playoffs, hitting just .111 against the Tigers as the Yankees lost in the first round in five games.

 
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