Watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi reminds a lot of us about how high-tech the sporting world has become -- and that includes sports medicine.
New technology, treatments and training now allow athletes to recover quicker from injuries that in the past may have ended their careers.
Phil Fought is the Sanford Health Athletic Trainer that works with the Fargo Force players. He says he has access to new tools that are really making a difference. Fought says, "we have so many new technologies and there are more and more options all of the time that help these athletes recover and get back on the ice or snow."
Fought says the body is pretty good at healing on its own, but some of the new tools can give the body a "boost".
He says the new technology has reduced recovery time from 4-6 weeks to 2-3 weeks in many cases. But, while speed is a factor -- the safety and health of his athletes are always his top concerns.