Platelet Donations for Athletes


Athletes, particularly runners, have often asked if it is safe to donate platelets and if it will impact their performance.  We posed this question to Hoxworth’s Director Dr. Ronald Sacher, M.D. 

“It is perfectly safe for endurance athletes such as runners to donate platelets,” reports Sacher.  “There is absolutely no evidence that giving platelet donations by runners, and indeed any endurance athlete, is harmful to their health or an impediment to their exercise capacity. As always it is advisable to stay well hydrated.”

What is a Platelet Donation?

During platelet donation, a small portion of blood (about 1/4 pint at a time), is drawn from your arm and passed through a sophisticated cell-separating machine. The machine collects the platelets and safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you.

Make a BIG Difference!

A single platelet donation can provide enough platelets for a full therapeutic dose for a patient. Some platelet donations can actually provide two or three doses. Patients who need platelets are often undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplant.  Appointments are encouraged.  Donors can schedule an appointment online at or by calling (513) 451-0910.

 How To Donate:

Donating blood is safe and easy. Donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with a signed parental consent) and in good health. Individuals must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification to donate. It is recommended that donors eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours before donating.

About Hoxworth:

Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, was founded in 1938 and proudly serves 30 hospitals in 17 counties in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.  Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 70,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in our area hospitals.  At least 300 volunteer blood donors and 40 volunteer platelet donors are essential each day to keep up with the demands of tri-state hospitals and their patients.  Hoxworth Blood Center, All Types Welcome.

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