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the miracle laser

El Legenda
09-01-2007, 04:19 AM
Rafael Nadal and other tennis players line up for laser doctor
4 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Just as he has done a couple of times a day, every day, during the U.S. Open, Rafael Nadal showed up Friday morning at a midtown Manhattan hotel room to meet with the man with the laser.

Panicked by the pain in his left knee, Nadal turned to Pier Francesco Parra, an Italian surgeon who has used his laser treatments to cure what ails dozens of tennis stars, soccer players and Olympic skiing champion Alberto Tomba.

"It's like doing arthroscopic surgery, but without cutting the skin," Parra said.

Then, with a smile, he noted: "And it takes 23 seconds."

Seeded No. 2 at the Open, Nadal first sought out Parra on Monday after injuring his knee in a practice session Sunday. Nadal kept going back for more, including several hours before he was to play his second-round match Friday night.

With a white baseball cap on his head and black glasses at the end of his nose, Parra looks like he might be simply a spectator. The official tournament credential around his neck is thanks to his status as a doctor for the Italian tennis federation.

Parra travels the world with his portable laser machine - about the size of a small TV - and players line up wherever he's staying for a chance to see him.

Lasers have long been used in surgery, but Parra uses his to help heal or prevent muscle, ligament or tendon problems. He points a more diffused beam at the skin in the area of the injury.

He pegged his success rate at about 95 per cent.

"It's happened that sometimes it doesn't work, of course," Parra said.

He's been doing these types of procedures since 1988, back when Tomba was at the top of the skiing world. Parra worked for three years with the Juventus soccer club - the New York Yankees of Italy - but these days only takes tennis clients.

Parra has helped out an illustrious list of players, including two-time Grand Slam singles champion Amelie Mauresmo, major finalists Ana Ivanovic and Elena Dementieva, and other top players such as Novak Djokovic, Jonas Bjorkman and Ivan Ljubicic.

"He has this miracle laser," the 12th-seeded Ljubicic said Friday after beating Andrei Pavel 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6) to reach the third round.

And does it really work?

Well, Ljubicic credits two treatments this week for a sore right knee with helping him make it this far.

Nadal said he feared he would have to withdraw from the U.S. Open before he began to feel better after Monday's first dose.

And then he thanked Parra by name after winning in the first round.

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5i9M13-u52SsBYfFMatmrmRsNYb2w

GlennMirnyi
09-01-2007, 04:21 AM
Sounds like another word for "doping" to me.

l_mac
09-01-2007, 04:23 AM
:lol:

Doggy
09-01-2007, 04:26 AM
mmmmmmmmm, the field of medicine is rapidly advancing. 23 second treatments with the laser can get you into tip top shape again. Now Nadal's giant ass can fill up my TV screen some more. YAYNESS!! :woohoo:

GlennMirnyi
09-01-2007, 04:28 AM
Change laser for "doping" and the article makes perfect sense. Do you need more than 23 to inject something?

Allure
09-01-2007, 04:30 AM
Sounds like another word for "doping" to me.

:haha:

Is it bad that I find your comments hilarious?

sykotique
09-01-2007, 04:34 AM
Not that I don't have any faith in the strength of medical science, but the thing sounds much more like a quick fix painkiller and far less like a longterm solution to a serious injury.

El Legenda
09-01-2007, 04:44 AM
Not that I don't have any faith in the faith of medical science, but the thing sounds much more like a quick fix painkiller and far less like a longterm solution to a serious injury.

with 2months left in the season, quick fix is all they need for now, and i doubt these are serious injuries, at least Ljubicic's is not.

Bremen
09-01-2007, 04:46 AM
Maybe it's a placebo?

Beforehand
09-01-2007, 04:54 AM
Sounds like another word for "doping" to me.

:lol:

Best post you've made in a while.

EDIT: You must spread some Reputation...

smitty8
09-01-2007, 01:23 PM
I would like to know more about this laser procedure. Sounds interesting.

Byrd
09-01-2007, 01:30 PM
Sounds like another word for "doping" to me.

HaHa Classic.....:lol:

barbadosan
09-01-2007, 01:31 PM
high-tech acupuncture?

Adler
09-01-2007, 01:42 PM
looks like this guy is a modern Rasputin or something. hilarious in a way

fmolinari2005
09-01-2007, 02:22 PM
Forget about the laser! The real question is: Rafael Nadal- Spartan King or Drama Queen?!

Seriously: that laser treatment might had reduced the pain- some studies show that it can have that effect. But, it wouldnt make better an injury that made Laser Boy think about pulling out of the USO.In other words, as Rafa said, it was only an "half-injury" ... but, hey: Rafa speaking about an injury wouldnt be the same if we wouldnt have the impression of watching an episode of ER! ;)

sawan66278
09-01-2007, 02:27 PM
A 23 second laser procedure? Who knows what the long term effects of such a procedure could be...not worth the risk if you ask me. Otherwise, you would see it being used by many physicians all over the world...if it has been in use since 1988.

Byrd
09-01-2007, 02:40 PM
Nadal might as well hire him, he'll need this procedure everyday for the rest of his life during the non-clay season.

MatchFederer
09-01-2007, 02:44 PM
Nadal might as well hire him, he'll need this procedure everyday for the rest of his life during the non-clay season.

Innnnteresting youtube clip in your sig. Byrd. :aplot:

Lee
09-01-2007, 02:45 PM
I would like to know more about this laser procedure. Sounds interesting.

JMac explained the procedure before yesterday's match.

btw, Gu, according to you, JMac dopes too. ;)

cmurray
09-01-2007, 02:47 PM
JMac explained the procedure before yesterday's match.

btw, Gu, according to you, JMac dopes too. ;)

Oh yeah. You can DEFINITELY tell that guy's on the juice - he's so bulked up and all.....

Byrd
09-01-2007, 02:55 PM
Innnnteresting youtube clip in your sig. Byrd. :aplot:

Probably the closest thing to it, at least after watching it you'll die a happy man, I know I will :devil:

MatchFederer
09-01-2007, 02:57 PM
There are so many related links as well! I didn't even realise this beautiful stuff was on youtube. :aplot:

Byrd
09-01-2007, 03:00 PM
There are so many related links as well! I didn't even realise this beautiful stuff was on youtube. :aplot:

HaHa I think I've opened the pandoras box of lesbian kissing for you, have fun :lol:

fmolinari2005
09-01-2007, 03:01 PM
Innnnteresting youtube clip in your sig. Byrd. :aplot:

Healed my headache faster than any miracle laser! ;) :rolls:

Byrd
09-01-2007, 03:08 PM
Healed my headache faster than any miracle laser! ;) :rolls:

The WTA should make it compulsary for players to watch this video before matches, would make the matches more entertaining :devil:

MatchFederer
09-01-2007, 03:10 PM
The WTA should make it compulsary for players to watch this video before matches, would make the matches more entertaining :devil:

I second this, do you think it is worth a seperate thread?

:lol:

Byrd
09-01-2007, 03:12 PM
I second this, do you think it is worth a seperate thread?

:lol:

Possibly, at least it would put the 'Should WTA get the same amount of money as ATP players in slams' argument to rest :lol:

fmolinari2005
09-01-2007, 03:29 PM
Possibly, at least it would put the 'Should WTA get the same amount of money as ATP players in slams' argument to rest :lol:

Oh well. This would be the only thing put to rest with that action! ;)

El Legenda
09-01-2007, 05:46 PM
A 23 second laser procedure? Who knows what the long term effects of such a procedure could be...not worth the risk if you ask me. Otherwise, you would see it being used by many physicians all over the world...if it has been in use since 1988.

none really, its like acupuncture:p

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-01-2007, 06:17 PM
Sounds like another word for "doping" to me.

Pansies like Glenn are so intimidated by muscles.

Hit the weights weakling.

It takes hard work not steroids.

Scotso
09-01-2007, 06:30 PM
high-tech acupuncture?

Exactly what I was going to say. While such things MIGHT do something that we just don't understand, more likely it's a placebo, mind-over-matter effect.

Kuhne
09-01-2007, 06:45 PM
Sounds like another word for "doping" to me.

dont let canas hear that cos then maybe the next time we see him he'll be radioactive

Super-Fabio
09-01-2007, 06:50 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070831/capt.8a51add1884849e0b394bc0a5449fb72.us_open_nada ls_doctor_tennis_nydb102.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070831/capt.fee26ff63c1a40e790f5194adcb9f799.us_open_nada ls_doctor_tennis_nydb101.jpg

Allure
09-01-2007, 06:52 PM
dont let canas hear that cos then maybe the next time we see him he'll be radioactive

:haha:

Scotso
09-01-2007, 07:34 PM
I wonder how much they pay him for 23 seconds with that cheap looking device.

FedFan_2007
09-01-2007, 07:41 PM
RFK... I bet you're the proverbial 98lb weakling who like to worship men with muscles, but you won't actually bust your scrawny ass in a gym.

ReturnWinner
09-01-2007, 10:01 PM
wow so this laser is the new favourite toy for Rafa

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-01-2007, 11:12 PM
RFK... I bet you're the proverbial 98lb weakling who like to worship men with muscles, but you won't actually bust your scrawny ass in a gym.

I dont worship anyone.

I respect people who work hard to achieve their goals.

I dislike people like Fed who get everything handed to them on a silver platter.

musefanatic
09-01-2007, 11:14 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070831/capt.8a51add1884849e0b394bc0a5449fb72.us_open_nada ls_doctor_tennis_nydb102.jpg
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070831/capt.fee26ff63c1a40e790f5194adcb9f799.us_open_nada ls_doctor_tennis_nydb101.jpg

Would i seriously trust that guy, he looks a bit shifty to me :p This is probably like one of those things where people think they work and they don't, all in the mind. Or like when you go to those 'witch doctors' if people have like cancer and they 'pull' like the cancer out or something, load of crap.

Allure
09-01-2007, 11:14 PM
I dont worship anyone.

I respect people who work hard to achieve their goals.

I dislike people like Fed who get everything handed to them on a silver platter.

Yes his talent was handed to him.