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NBA Injury Analysis: Preseason Checkup 1

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Kobe Bryant
The focus on Bryant's recovery has obviously been on his surgically repaired Achilles tendon. However, he made headlines last week when he traveled to Germany for his second Orthokine treatment on his right knee. Orthokine is a technique that uses similar principles to a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. Orthokine, or Regenokine, utilizes the athlete's own blood and proteins to create a more suitable environment for healing. Basically, a personal anti-inflammatory drug is created from the player's own blood. The procedure does not require an extended period of recovery and can be performed annually. However, the FDA has not approved Orthokine in the US, thus Kobe's trip overseas.

His trip to Germany does suggest that Bryant expects to be playing at a high level this year and wants his chronically ailing knee to be ready. The rehabilitation he has been undergoing for his left Achilles may have caused his right leg to be overworked and a "tune-up"

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