It's not a big deal, but I thought people here might get a kick out of knowing Tiger Woods news a few days before it breaks.
I live very close to Tiger, and we know a lot of the same people in our community. Most of the people in this community knew about his affairs for a year or so prior to the national media. Anyway, a new story is rumored to be about to break, and if correct, we'll be pounded over the head with hundreds of hours of television and sports commentary on a new term to most--blood spinning. ESPN has been digging around here lately, and is about to drive the last nail into the Tiger legend.
Here is Wiki's definition of blood spinning:
Blood-spinning is a method used by athletes to shorten the time to heal an injury. Small samples of the athlete's blood are spun in a centrifuge to increase the concentration of growth hormones. Calcium and the enzyme thrombin are added, forming a gel that is high in natural growth hormones. The sample is then injected into the wound, which can then heal as much as five times faster.
Using this procedure can fall foul of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) due to possible non-natural elements introduced into the athlete's body.
So....here is the deal. Blood spinning is very similiar to the blood tranfusions that Lance Armstrong is now accused of taking--but with a twist.
Unbeknownst to most golfing fans, blood spinning was actually legal in the PGA, as long as it was performed by American doctors. Tiger however, foolishly went to a Canadian doctor to have this procedure done. This Canadian doctor has since been found to be a doper--adding illegal things to the blood like HGH. And he's about to roll over on Tiger.
Since these accusations began about Tiger behind closed doors, the PGA has now cracked down on blood spinning. They have now implemented serious drug testing.
Without the benefit of this blood spinning, Tiger can no longer recover from injuries like he could in the past. It's why he is now in a foot/ankle cast because his achilles is toast. It's why he was always in the top 3 in driving distance on the tour, but has now dropped all the way to 61st.
We are witnessing yet another athlete who once used steroids at his absolute prime, now decaying away as his body falls apart. Pretty crazy.