REVEALED: How broken Nadal was rebuilt with the help of blood spinning to achieve one of sport's greatest ever comebacks
By MIKE DICKSON
The latest print out from the ATP ranking computer put the seal on what has been, without doubt, one of the great sporting comebacks of this or any other year.
Having been out of tennis for seven months suffering from what were perceived to be potentially career-threatening knee problems, Rafael Nadal is back at world No 1, amassing a remarkable 65-4 match record - including two Grand Slam titles - since his return.
We already knew that the 27-year-old Spaniard was an amazing player, with his combination of technical skill, power, athleticism and extraordinary concentration. The question so many have asked in conjunction with it all is: how has his body been able to cope with the demands placed upon it, most notably on the hard courts that have previously caused his joints such damage?
Sportsmail has spoken to his camp plus several independent medical experts, including an eminent knee surgeon, to try and establish answers and sort out fact from some of the rumour that has surrounded his latest career surge.
The enabling factors behind a spectacular run of form appear to lie in a combination of hard work, constant rehab, two space age training machines and the use of Plasma Rich Platelet therapy, often known as bloodspinning.
It should be stressed that the latter process, which involves taking blood and then re-injecting it around the knee tendons, is now entirely legal and in widespread use. The latest research, interestingly, suggests one by-product of it is the natural production of performance-enhancing Human Growth Hormone in the body.
Quite a lot more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2449179/Rafael-Nadal-How-broken-star-rebuilt.html