Calgary Stampeders' Drew Tate to have blood spinning procedure

The Calgary Stampeders' Drew Tate will have a blood spinning procedure he hopes will help get him...

The Calgary Stampeders' Drew Tate will have a blood spinning procedure he hopes will help get him back on the field soon.

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

Quarterback reps have been spinning.

Heads have been spinning.

And now, with news that injured Calgary Stampeders starting quarterback Drew Tate is heading for a platelet-rich plasma injection into his wonky right elbow, blood is spinning, too.

The procedure, otherwise known as ‘blood spinning,’ will see the 28-year-old pivot have a small amount of blood drawn, mixed with an anti-coagulant and then placed in a special centrifuge and double spun, leaving the PRP concentration available to inject into the injured tissue.

Most common in baseball circles to give injured pitchers an alternative to surgery, platelet-rich plasma is relatively new on the sports medicine scene.

Sometimes, it works.

But sometimes, depending on the type of injury, it is simply an attempt to stave off surgery — and usually just delays the inevitable.


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