So this is kinda old news and mostly deals with NBA stuff, but I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now and I wanted to see if any MGobloggers have any insights on this topic.
Basically the Mark Cuban Foundation has funded a study at UofM to test if Human Growth Hormone can help repair the knee muscles that atrophy after ACL surgery. Weakness in these muscles elevates the chances for re-injury amongst athletes. You can link to the article here.
First of all, I think it is kinda cool that Shark Cuban is working with Michigan. It also sounds like this is one of the few health/medicine related donations he has made (he funded a study on a form of childhood cancer a few years back). No $ figures released, but based on the cost of randomized controlled trials and the fact that his foundation usually donates something on the order of $100,000 each year, I am guessing this is his big charitable project for 2015.
According to clinicaltrials.gov, the application for the trial was submitted on April 9, about a week after Chandler parsons had arthroscopic surgery on his knee for a cartilage injury (less invasive, so atrophy is not quite as much of a concern). But at the same time, we all know how the Great Rondo Experiment of 2015 played out for Dallas; and as a Celtics fan I can affirm that Rondo never looked the same after his ACL surgery. Anyhow, this makes me wonder if the 2 injuries somehow inspired Cuban to make this donation.
I am glad Cuban is looking out for his players' long-term health, even if it also helps his bottom line. And kudos to him for working with the Leaders and Best (of sports medicine).