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British Olympic sprinter James Ellington, the first professional athlete to have a trauma composite technology implant. Read about his journey.

James Ellington, a British double Olympian, European gold medalist and world-class athlete, suffered severe fractures including his tibia after a horrific road-traffic accident. James chose a composite trauma nail for its enhanced healing potential1,2 in his ultimate goal of recovery and competing again.

Recovery Milestones



not 12 as expected


19 weeks to treadmill walking


32 weeks to 10m indoor sprint


Mr.James Youngman, James Ellington’s surgeon and a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, specializes in the lower limb. Having graduated from Middlesex and University College School of Medicine, he has worked at several major trauma centers including Whipps Cross and the Royal London before taking up a consultancy post at UCLH. Working both with adult and pediatric trauma, he has a broad experience of the non-operative and surgical treatments of the full range of trauma cases.

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For more information about how Invibio’s advanced polymer and CarboFix’s Piccolo Trauma Nail are changing trauma fixation, please complete the form and submit.

The benefits of Carbofix implants compared to metal:

  • Potential for Enhanced Healing – earlier and greater callus formation1
  • Greater Fatigue Resistance – increased opportunity to union before implant failure2
  • 360 Fracture Visibility – insight during reduction and the healing process
  • Lighter Weight – with a bone-like modulus
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  1. Jo Wilson, Ph.D.; Matthew Cantwell; Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) Carbon Fiber Composites May Improve Healing of Fractures Stabilized with Intramedullary Nails. (Basic Science Focus Forum, paper #4, 2014) 155.
  2. Data on file at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions. Mechanical Benchmark of Carbon Fiber PEEK-OPTIMA™ Ultra-Reinforced vs Ti6AI-4V Plates undergoing Static and Dynamic Testing per ASTM F382-99 (2008).
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