The Statesman—November 4, 2014
Athletes are often seen as the epitome of health, but repetitive actions in sports such as basketball can take a serious toll on the body.
Due to the repeated running and jumping motions, a basketball player's body, especially the ankles and knees, is put under stress on a daily basis.
According to the AAOS, arthroscopic surgery utilizes small incisions through which cameras the size of a pencil and tools are placed to view, repair and remove damaged tissue.
In this procedure, blood is drawn from the patient and platelet cells are activated. The cells are then injected back in the area of injury, where they stimulate "growth factors that recruit and increase the proliferation of reparative cells," according to Hospital for Special Surgery.
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