Stem Cell Therapy for Athletes: Transforming Sports Medicine

George Kittle exercising at Stem Cell Institute Panama

Stem Cell Institute aids sports injury recovery by helping promote healing, reducing inflammation, and fostering tissue growth. George Kittle’s experience is a perfect example of this. Stem cell therapy addressed a number of sports-related health conditions for Kittle. 


We offer a non-invasive alternative to other forms of treatment, aiding physical recovery without lengthy downtime. The treatment involves harnessing our proprietary Golden Cells™, a specially selected mesenchymal stem cell with the potential for superior regenerative capabilities.


Why Use Stem Cells to Treat Sports Injuries?

At Stem Cell Institute, we use human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCT-MSCs) to:

  • Promote healing
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Promote tissue growth


These are important factors for sports injuries. Learn more about stem cell therapy for sports injuries.


Treating Football Injuries with Stem Cell Therapy for Athletes

American football is a physically demanding sport. Not only does it require a lot of strength, endurance, and physical fitness, but it also puts your body in danger of injury. This is especially true on the professional level. Just ask George Kittle. He’s well-acquainted with the aches and pains of being a pro athlete and the risks involved. 


“I play football. It’s a very physical game and it takes a toll on your body. One of the worst things I dealt with was double Achilles tendinosis in both my Achilles tendons. The sheath wasn’t moving very well and everything was rubbing causing friction. It’s not a very fun thing to deal with when you’re dealing with your Achilles tendon and you’re playing a sport.”


Kittle had also been injured multiple times on top of his double Achilles tendinosis. “I’ve had injuries that have removed me from play and I’ve had injuries that I’ve had to play through,” he says. “By the end of the day they’re all painful and they all kind of stack up on top of each other. Once you get to so many then there’s only so much you can tolerate.”


Finding an Alternative Sports Injury Treatment

George Kittle was motivated to find a new solution for his sports-related injuries. He eventually learned about Stem Cell Institute in Panama, where he has come down for stem cell treatment during the off-season. This has allowed him to maintain his performance without the invasiveness and recovery required by traditional surgery. 


Kittle’s experience shows the potential benefits of stem cell therapy for sports injuries. It facilitated healing and recovery while reducing downtime for double Achilles tendinosis as well as:

  • ACL and MCL tears
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Runners knee


Since discovering the benefits of stem cell therapy, Kittle now schedules his stem cell treatments with proactive physical health in mind before the football season starts. 


“That’s one of my big reasons for coming down here—to try to fix those things and to be as healthy as I can be going into a season.”


George Kittle’s Football-Related Injuries

Playing professional football carries certain risks of injury, no matter how in shape an athlete is. George Kittle experienced this through the following injuries:

  • Double Achille Tendinosis
  • ACL and MCL Tears
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Runner’s Knee
  • Rotator Cuff Tears


It isn’t uncommon for these injuries to require surgery and long recovery times. While this may work for most people, it’s not ideal for professional athletes like Kittle. His schedule doesn’t allow for it. Alternative forms of treatment were much more ideal, eventually leading him to experience the benefits of stem cell therapy. Stem Cells have helped many athletes, like Kittle, overcome injuries and stay off injured reserve.

George Kittle meditating at Stem Cell Institute Panama


Stem Cell Institute allowed Kittle to address physical health issues. This helped him maintain his performance without relying on traditional rest or surgery. His case shows how stem cell therapy can benefit various sports-related injuries, supporting recovery and healing while minimizing inactive periods.


Learn more about how George Kittle benefits from stem cell therapy for football injuries.


The Stem Cell Institute Experience

George Kittle has stayed in a lot of beautiful places since going pro and has grown accustomed to being on the road. However, that didn’t stop him from being impressed with his experience at Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. “They pick you up from the airport right off of the plane, take care of customs, and get your bags. They do everything for you.”


Kittle’s experience wasn’t unique. This is what every patient of Stem Cell Institute gets to experience when they travel to our clinic in Panama. Like all of our guests, Kittle was met at the airport by our concierge. They picked him up and brought him directly to the hotel which is in the same building as our clinic. “It’s very convenient,” he recalls of his experience. “You never have to leave once you’re at the hotel and I like that. I like convenience; it’s one of my favorite things.”


While he enjoyed the convenience, it wasn’t the only aspect of his stay that he appreciated. He was able to appreciate the full beauty of the hotel and the city once he was in his room. “It’s a fantastic hotel with a beautiful view of the ocean. This is a five-star experience,” he explains. “I’ve talked about the hotel and the facility. The food is fantastic, too. The weather is fantastic. You see the ocean. There’s not much better than that.” 


What to Expect During Your VIP Stay

Being a renowned professional athlete isn’t required to enjoy the five-star treatment at Stem Cell Institute. Every patient under our care is provided with an equal measure of luxury and care with our VIP service. Throughout your time with us, we are dedicated to ensuring your comfort, health, and satisfaction.


Landing in Panama and Customs

A patient coordinator will reach out to arrange your treatment, timeline, and lodging details once your application has been approved. When you land in Panama, a member of our Customs Concierge Team will meet you at the gate and assist you through the Customs procedure. You can relax in the VIP area during this time and enjoy some refreshments while your luggage is taken care of.  


Enjoying Your Time in Panama

You will be chauffeured to the Hilton Panama after going through Customs to ensure a smooth and hassle-free check-in experience. Staying at the Hilton Panama offers a dual advantage–not only is it a highly-rated four-star hotel, but it’s also conveniently located in the same building complex as the Stem Cell Institute. This guarantees that your treatment sessions are just a brief elevator ride away, all while you enjoy your stay in this idyllic tropical oceanfront setting.


The cost of treatment covers your accommodations at the Hilton in Panama. This package includes a standard room and access to the on-site gym, casino, and more. Additionally, you can order from room service and make use of the rooftop pool. It offers a stunning bay view during the times between your treatment sessions.


Exploring a new city or even country is one of the best parts of traveling for stem cell therapy. With Panama City, Panama, you get to enjoy a vibrant metropolis with something for everyone.


Panama City is known for more than the Panama Canal. It also has:

  • Art
  • Food
  • History
  • Nature


At the very heart of it all resides a captivating culture waiting to be discovered. Be sure to talk to the hotel concierge if you’re the adventurous type. They will be able to direct you to the best the city has to offer for making memories that last a lifetime. 


Learn more about traveling to Panama for stem cell therapy.


What Makes Us Different?

There are a number of factors that distinguish Stem Cell Institute from other stem cell clinics. Nonetheless, our proprietary Golden Cells™ may be the most important difference. They are a type of specially selected mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that we use to provide you with the opportunity for a superior outcome. 


MSCs can specifically target areas of inflammation due to injuries. Once there, they release bioactive substances that have the power to modulate the immune response and promote tissue regeneration. To put it more simply, they act like specialized factories within the body, producing therapeutic substances that have medicinal properties right at the site where they’re needed.


George Kittle smiling with a football at Stem Cell Institute Panama

Discovering Golden Cells™ 

Our founder, Neil Riordan, PA, Ph.D., and his team began to notice something after years of providing treatment—some of our patients were experiencing even better improvements than we could have expected. This motivated us to perform a retrospective study of our data. Our goal was to learn what made these cases so unique from the others.


We were surprised at what we discovered from our analysis. The vast majority of our most successful cases were limited to six particular cell lines with a unique molecular signature.


Dr. Riordan dubbed them Golden Cells™, explaining 


I like to say that an MSC is not an MSC. They are not all created equal. If you are picking a basketball team, would you want me on your team or LeBron James, possibly the best basketball player of all time? We are both humans, but our abilities on the court are not equal. It’s the same with MSCs. Some perform better than others. That’s why we’ve been working to select the best cells for use in patients with chronic disease. Now we can retrospectively analyze existing data of outcomes. We are the only stem cell company with the data to do that.”


Our team at Stem Cell Institute strives to provide the best care possible every day. With our Golden Cells™, professional athletes like George Kittle, former UFC world champion, TJ Dillashaw and anybody wanting a better life may find the solution they have been looking for.


Other Benefits of hUCT-MSCs for Sports Injuries

There are many reasons why our Golden Cells™ are preferable to other options. Along with being the best opportunity for superior outcomes, they:

  • Are derived from donated, healthy umbilical cord tissue that provides an abundant supply of stem cells.
  • Are from umbilical cords that are screened and sterilized after donation. This way stem cells don’t need to be removed from your own body for transplantation.
  • Don’t require chemotherapy drugs such as granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF or GCSF) to stimulate bone marrow for stem cell production.
  • Are immune system privileged, meaning that you don’t have to worry about cell rejection or matching Human Leukocyte Antigen to prevent rejection.
  • Provide superior anti-inflammatory activity, the capacity to modulate the immune system, and the ability to stimulate regeneration.
  • Can be administered multiple times over the space of days in consistent amounts with high cell counts.


With Golden Cells™ from Stem Cell Institute, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting the highest quality cells and treatment. Cords are donated from healthy women in Panama who have:

  • Signed a consent form
  • Filled out a detailed questionnaire
  • Have not had COVID-19
  • Have not received any COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Provided a blood sample


This blood sample is put through extensive testing for HIV, hepatitis, and other conditions. Once it’s confirmed that the cords are free of disease, they are processed and the stem cells are extracted. All cords are from normal, healthy births. 


Do you want to learn how stem cell therapy may be able to help your sports injury? Click here to apply today!


Stem cell therapy at Stem Cell Institute contributes to sports injury recovery by supporting healing, decreasing inflammation, and encouraging tissue growth. George Kittle’s case serves as an ideal illustration, showing how stem cell therapy effectively tackled his various football-related health issues. We provide an alternative to traditional treatment like surgery, facilitating recuperation without extended periods of inactivity. This includes the exclusive Golden Cells™, a distinct kind of stem cell known for its exceptional regenerative potential.


Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama is at the forefront of applied stem cell research. Since our creation in 2006, we have performed over 50,000 procedures, helping thousands of families across the United States and around the world embrace the opportunity for a better life. Our medical team prioritizes the safety, health, and well-being of all our patients through top-notch evaluation and care.

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