Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban taps his foundation to fund research on HGH and ACL recovery.
Billionaire Mark Cuban has his hands, and money, in a lot of projects. He’s a genius investor and avid sports fan, and he has recently taken an interest in how he can help athletes who suffer from ACL injuries.
Always the innovator, Cuban has spent $1 million from his personal foundation to fund research on whether human growth hormone (HGH) can speed athletes’ recovery from serious injuries. As an NBA owner, Cuban has some personal stake in the study results, but more than 200,000 Americans tear their ACLs every year, so it could have major implications for medicine.
Cuban was approached by physiologist and athletic trainer Christopher Mendias to back research on the benefits of HGH. Cuban jumped on board, explaining, “Working together could lead us from the path of demonizing HGH and even testosterone towards a complete understanding. It could allow us to make a data-based decision rather than the emotional decision we are currently making.” The timing of Cuban’s investment comes as the NFL begins to explore the effects of medical marijuana on their athletes’ injuries and pain management. As technology advances and our knowledge of historically banned substances evolves, we may begin to see loosened regulations across professional sports leagues. Cuban’s foundation is making a noteworthy move to support an issue that directly impacts athletes everywhere.
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