Sports, like war, expeditions, and
space exploration, are human life at its limits. Many of the same possible
applications of IPT for emergency, battlefield,
and expedition & space medicine apply here.
IPT might be useful for treating
trauma and shock from acute injuries, and for rapid treatment of dehydration.
IPT could be useful for faster
healing of superficial and deep injuries of skin, muscle
& bone, joints, internal organs, and the central nervous system.
The Huggins article suggests using direct
injection of insulin for this, but IPT could have deeper and even more
Periodic IPT treatments may even
turn out to be a way to enhance the absorption of nutrients to speed the growth
of muscle and connective tissues, for faster and more effective training.
(This might work for race horses, and other sporting animals, too.)
--CD 9/23/00 during the 2000 Summer Olympics