Originally written on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 11/11/11
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Sports medicine advances at a startling rate, with injuries that once seemed career-ending like ACL tears turning into relatively fixable issues within less than a decade. Yet those advances don't just come from team doctors and surgeons -- players often seek them out, too. The most publicized has been Kobe Bryant's interest in platelet-rich plasma therapy, but there are others, too. However, I'm pretty sure only Mickael Pietrus has traveled to China to seek treatment from Shaolin monks. From The Sporting News (via EOB): Pietrus missed the last 12 games of the NBA season, and did not play for France in EuroBasket or pursue overseas opportunities this summer, because of the injury. Pietrus traveled to the Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province, where he tried "several traditional Chinese medicine therapies, including acupuncture, massage and some unique remedies administered by Shaolin monks," the Chinese site What's In Xiamen reported. The monks have run their own hosp...
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