Did Steelers Blood Dope Before The Super Bowl?

A currently unregulated medical procedure done by a handful of athletes is being put under a little scrutiny. It’s a procedure that does exactly what Human Growth Hormone allegedly has done for MLB stars: it dramatically speeds up recovery from injury. And it’s a procedure that two Pittsburgh Steelers in particular apparently did two weeks before the Super Bowl.

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(Hines Ward at the Super Bowl: Brought to you by PPT.)

According to a story in THE NEW YORK TIMES by Alan Schwarz, Steelers stars Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu both used a controversial procedure called Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy before last month’s Big Game. What does PPT do, you ask? Well, when the platelet-rich blood is re-injected into an injured region of the player’s body, it speeds up the healing process and, in some cases, may even allow them to avoid surgery.

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Zednik Upgraded To Good Condition, Leaving ICU

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports that Richard Zednik has been upgraded to good condition on Tuesday, and doctors are planning to remove the Florida Panthers player from the intensive care unit at a Buffalo hospital.

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Zednik suffered a vicious skate slash to the neck on Sunday, which severed his carotid artery and caused him to lose massive amounts of blood. Doctors believe Zednik lost a third of the amount of blood in his body from the cut.

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