After breaking his thumb almost in two during the 2010/11 season, Kyle Reimers had to have surgery to insert a plate into the digit to ensure it healed properly. To help speed up his recovery though, the surgeons used an extra option that they normally don’t, Chinese hamster ovaries. This is because they contain OP-1, a chemical that can increase the rate that bones can grow, effectively shaving a third off the recovery time.
According to several sources, Premier League footballers have been known to take stem cells from the umbilical cords of their newborn children and keep them frozen in case they suffer injuries in their career. They believe that the cells could be used in a number of treatments and help speed up recovery times significantly.