An article released September 16, 2014 shows how a mid-major college, Florida Gulf Coast University, has become to first and only school to offer PRP injections on campus. FGCU believes they have an edge over competitors by saving time and money for their athletes and their recovery.

What is PRP?

In PRP, platelet-rich plasma, a small amount of the patient’s blood is withdrawn and spun in a centrifuge for five minutes. The centrifuge helps separate the red blood cells from the plasma which is then injected into the injured site.

“The platelets, once they hit tissue, basically pop, explode, release all of the growth factors. You’re putting somewhere between three to five times the patient’s growth factor in the area where you need healing. You’re basically super charging the area to get it to heal.” said Dr. James Guerra, FGCU’s team physician since 2000 of the Collier Sports Medicine Center.

The benefit from PRP Therapy is that it’s the most natural and effective form of recovery. PRP has been the most effective with a range of tendon injuries while also outperforming a lubricating treatment for knee osteoarthritis. This version of treatment has been able to cut off about 2-3 weeks of recovery time for ankle sprains and hamstring injuries.

“That’s huge in sports medicine! I’m a believer!” exclaims Guerra.

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