How Can Biotech Help Sportsmen Around the World?

Friday, May 24, 2019 • American Fork, UT 84003

Did you know Biotech helped Rafael Nadal and Cristiano Ronaldo to return to physical fitness after injuries? What else could these biotech breakthroughs do to help sports athletes all over the world?

As long as I can remember, I have been actively playing sports at every possibility that I get. Having worked and studied in biotech, I wanted to discover more on the particular effect that biotech could have on my strongest passions.

Everyone wants to challenge each other, and many people do this by playing a specific sport. I realized that the biotech sector is developing ways that could give high-level athletes and beginners a podium they need to meet their desired goals.

Live Through Injuries

As we know, stem cells have already made it easier for Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo to recover from leg injuries.

What other things can biotech do in order to help big sporting stars that are stuck in the hospitals and coping with their injuries?

Bone fractures are probably the most common injuries, mainly in the ankle joint, wrist, and foot, with serious cracks taking up to six months to recover. It doesn't only leave players waiting impatiently to get back on the feet, but it also puts significant stress on healthcare providers around the globe.

Swedish biotech firm, Bonesupport, has created a powerful injectable ‘putty,’ Cerament, which fills spaces in bone fragments to promote recovery. As it found its way to hospitals in 2016, over 30,000 patients have taken advantage of this technology.

Another biotech, Bone tissue Therapeutics, is developing autologous and allogeneic cell therapies to treat brittle bones that have not treated properly, or delayed union breaks.

Recently, Food and drug administration approved the United States’ biotech Banyan Biomarkers’ blood test for concussion. This test monitors the particular levels of GFAP and UCH-L1, 2 amino acids increased in painful brain injuries.

In European countries, Holos Life Sciences are working together with Oxford BioDynamics to produce an analytical test for concussion while using biotech’s EpiSwitch base.

In the United Kingdom, in order to test a hand-held analytical kit to find concussion, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) took part in the research. The device, created by experts at Birmingham University, makes use of markers in urine and saliva. The research took samples from players with pre and post injuries to determine if the biomarkers are dependable.

As a final point, spinal-cord traumas may be uncommon in sport, but they also have specifically disastrous effects. Every year, as much as 400,000 people damage their spinal-cord, causing about 40% handicapped.

An eco-friendly device by Swedish BioArctic is in Phase I/II test to determine if it can easily improve neural growth. Researchers at University College London used cells from the nasal passages to help a patient to recoup the ability to walk with the support of a stick or frame.

Biotech Equipment

At the highest possible level, the main difference between winning and losing may come down to who has the hi-tech or biotech equipment, giving them the extra edge over their competitors. For the rest of us all, searching the particular part may encourage us on to perform at best possible.

That is actually the way it was for me certainly, as I bought the latest football shoes that I had seen David Beckham wearing in a match.

The creation of innovative biomaterials has made it feasible for sports manufacturers to improve their products and solutions. Spider silk is actually a lightweight, strong material which synbio companies such as Bolt Threads in the United States and Spiber in Asia are manufacturing on a large-scale using microorganisms. On top of that, it's naturally degradable, which means the particular impact of sportswear manufacturers on the environment can be reduced.

German biotech, AMSilk, has worked with Adidas to manufacture trainers made from spider silk, which will soon be available on the market. Adidas has also been working with Parley of the Oceans, a company fighting ecological damage, to manufacture football t-shirts out of marine waste for big European soccer clubs such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.