Stem cells prove more than a match for tennis injuries

Naturally, we hope no family will ever need to use their child's stem cells. But sometimes they do. That's why we make sure every collection in our care is treated with exceptional attention to detail. We want to give families the best possible chance of a healthy future.
Kate Sneddon
Biovault CEO & Microbiologist

When the balls are flying at up to 230km per hour ?it’s easy to get injured and for pros like Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, serious injuries can spell the end of careers and lifelong dreams. ?

That’s why these Wimbledon stars use stem cell therapies. Stem cells like those found in umbilical cord tissue can repair and regenerate damaged muscle, tendon and other body tissues, getting these champs back where they belong, on centre court.

Sports medicine doctors use stem cells to treat a wide variety of tennis injuries, including damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage. Stem cell therapy to an injured area can involve direct surgical application, stem-cell-bearing sutures, and injection.

Rotator cuff repair

One example of how stem cells are helping sports professionals is in rotator cuff repair. One of the most common injuries in professional tennis, doctors have reported “significant improvement in healing outcomes” achieved by the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).

The effects of this stem cell therapy are lasting. One recent study showed “substantial improvement in the level of tendon integrity present at the ten-year milestone between the MSC-treated group and the control patients.” Doctors concluded that “These results support the use of bone marrow-derived MSC augmentation in rotator cuff repair, especially due to the enhanced rate of healing and the reduced number of re-tears observed over time in the MSC-treated patients.”

Stem cell therapies for everyone

You don’t have to be a sporting hero to be injured. And you don’t have to be rich and famous to access regenerative medicine. Our mission at Biovault Family is for every family to have access to newborn stem cell storage.

Every baby is born with an umbilical cord packed with stem cell-rich Wharton’s jelly. But most parents aren’t told about this resource until it’s too late, and the umbilical cord has been thrown away.

We want every parent to know that their baby’s umbilical cord could be their lifeline way beyond birth. Parents store cord blood and tissue for lots of reasons: to treat a family member, to protect against a genetic predisposition, or to be part of an exciting medical future.

Read their stories here.


Sports Injuries: Diagnosis, Prevention, Stem Cell Therapy, and Medical Sport Strategy.

Biologic augmentation of rotator cuff repair with mesenchymal stem cells during arthroscopy improves healing and prevents further tears: a case-controlled study.

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