Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at www.afl.com.au. She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.

Football

Hawks set the pace in injection science

Orthokine therapy has been used by 10 AFL clubs this year.

Samantha Lane Needles, blood, athletes - the combination has repeatedly proved ruinous in elite sport, but in AFL legal injecting is a burgeoning business.

For Guerra, it ends in tears

Anguish: Brent Guerra after being injured.

Samantha Lane A torn hamstring appears to have ruined Brent Guerra's season at the climax.

Guerra's injections of blood OK

Samantha Lane Previously banned technique is now routinely employed to accelerate recovery.

AFL

Guerra true blood

Brent Guerra

Samantha Lane Brent Guerra is taking the extreme measure of injecting blood into his injured hamstring.