Re: Nitkowski hoping stem cells lead to comeback
I do not want to broach the whole subject of stem cell research ethics. However, this seems different to me.
I think much of the hoopla over performance enhancing drugs is overkill. I believe any player under the care of any team-sanctioned medical doctor, ought to be able to take any medicine prescribed by said doctor - regardless of whether or not the medicine is on some banned list. As long as the player follows the prescribed dose set by the doctor, there should be NO issue. Every day people take medicine under the care of a physician - why can't professional athletes?
In Nitkowski's case, he is not taking medicine. He is being treated for an injury, using his body's own cells. What is the difference in this procedure and ligament replacement? Tommy John surgery is a performance enhancing procedure. Why not ban it?
What will professional sports do as prosthetics improve to virtually perfect replacements to lost limbs?
Interesting questions raised.
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