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Westbrook receives plasma injection in left knee, to miss beginning of training camp

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Russell Westbrook has received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee, holding him back from the first day of Thunder’s training camp.

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In a media report dropped by Thunder GM Sam Presti, Russell Westbrook has undergone an injection filled with platelet-rich plasma in his left patellar tendon. The intent of the injection is to create an efficient repair of previously injured tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles.

The plasma injected into his tendon contained a much higher concentration of platelets than what is normally found in blood, and used the blood’s healing properties to repair whatever specific damage he had in the area around the patellar tendon.

The operation has been a staple of success for athletes in the ultra-running community, treating common injuries such as pseudo-arthritis in the knee.

For precautions, Westbrook is to miss the beginning of training camp on Tuesday, but is expected to play in the upcoming preseason. The extent of his playing time during preseason play is unknown, but we can only hope that a solid chunk of valuable time will be dedicated to the rising and developing players of the roster.

Though the injection has been denied as a direct correlation to his meniscus tear in 2013, Presti insisted it was something that needed to be done.

"I think he really wanted to make sure he took care of that in advance, so it wasn't something that lingered through the year..”- Sam Presti, Thunder GM

The Thunder will face off against the Houston Rockets for their first preseason game on October 3rd, at 8 PM EST.


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