Team GB Doctor using PRP Therapy to treat amateur athletes alongside Olympians
The healing and rejuvenating benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy have been gaining publicity in recent years, both for aesthetic and medical purposes.
And now a high-profile medical professional has put his hat in the ring and started his own clinic offering the treatment.
Dr Noel Pollock, official doctor to Team GB’s track and field athletes, who has treated the likes of Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogo and Greg Rutherford, now offers PRP Therapy to amateur athletes alongside Olympic superstars.
He uses exactly the same diagnostic technologies and targeted treatment regimes for amateurs and Olympians alike.
The PRP technique
PRP Therapy is one of the newest additions to his clinic, and relies on exactly the same technique as when the treatment is used for aesthetic purposes. Namely, a concentrated dose of platelets is isolated from a sample of the patient’s blood and injected into the site of the area (usually an injury) needing treatment.
Other treatments offered by the clinic include the slightly ominous-sounding shock wave therapy, which stimulates the body to produce more collagen.
Dr Pollock has a background in athletics himself. He competed for Northern Ireland in the 1,500 metres, and shared a house with sprinting superstar Usain Bolt when they were both junior athletes breaking into the international circuit.
Talking about his equal-treatment-for-all approach to sports medicine, the doctor said:
“We have the same ethos for everyone — you need a prompt, accurate diagnosis and then you can plan interventions and management. We may have people coming out of the consulting rooms and Christine Ohuruogu is the next person in for the exact same treatments.”
“The whole range of techniques that we use for gold medallists is available. We combine it all with physio, nutrition and tips. These are things that can give the professional athlete a one per cent improvement but can lead to massive gains for the amateur.”
Reflecting on the idea that star-struck amateur athletes may come to the clinic in hopes of bumping into their idols, the doctor admitted:
“It is about getting the best possible treatment and recognising it is not just reserved for the stars – but I expect it would be a bit of a thrill to bump into Mo Farah on your trip.”