Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt

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Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt (born 12 August 1942 in Leerhafe, today part of Wittmund, East Frisia) is the former club doctor of Bayern Munich. He was a club doctor for the club between 1 April 1977 and 16 April 2015.[1] He resigned after the medical staff was blamed after a 3–1 loss to Porto in a UEFA Champions League match.[1]

Many of the German doctor's treatments are controversial, including using injections of a substance called Hyalart,[2] extracted from the crest of cockerels, which is claimed to help lubricate knee injuries and take away the pain. He has also injected honey or Actovegin into patients.

Müller-Wohlfahrt's use of homeopathic medicine to treat players is also controversial.[3][4][5]

Players treated[edit]

He has treated many footballers including Jürgen Klinsmann,[6] Ronaldo and Jonathan Woodgate[7] and other sportsmen and women such as Paula Radcliffe [8] Kelly Holmes,[9] Maurice Greene [10] and Usain Bolt.[11]

He helped cure Michael Owen's hamstring problems in time to play at the Euro 2000 tournament[12] and has also helped Owen's Liverpool F.C. and England colleague, Steven Gerrard [13] and Harry Kewell.[14] Darren Gough [15][16] and Alex Tudor,[16] Essex cricketers, have benefited from the German doctor's pioneering treatments. On 6 May 2009 it was announced that he was helping Akpo Sodje recover from a longstanding hamstring problem

José María Olazábal,[17] the 1994 US Masters golf champion was suffering from the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis when he visited Müller-Wohlfahrt but was able to win at Augusta again in 1999.

Rugby World Cup winner Will Greenwood [18] is another who has benefited from the doctor's treatment after 8 months with a groin problem. Weeks later he was staking a claim to a recall to the England team.

Even international sportsmen as far away as Australia have sought treatment from Müller-Wohlfahrt - Australian rules footballers Ben Reid, Max Rooke and Mark Coughlan were treated for chronic soft tissue injuries.[19] Likewise he has also treated professional cyclists including Stephen Roche.

One of his more unusual treatments was when St Johnstone F.C. striker Peter MacDonald was prescribed goat's blood injections in a bid to cure a recurring hamstring problem.[20]

In 2010 he treated Bono (singer for U2) and Usain Bolt for severe back injury.[21]

In 2012 he was given the job of repairing the hamstring of Dylan Grimes of the AFL club the Richmond Tigers

In 2013 he treated knee-injuries of Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Pepe both players of Italian club Juventus FC and Moharram Navidkia from Sepahan F.C..



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  4. ^ "Germany's Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt either a great healer or quack with hyperactive syringe". ESPN.com. 
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  6. ^ "Spurs Call International Rescue". 4thegame.com. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
  7. ^ Wallace, Sam; Stewart, Rob (August 20, 2004). "Newcastle open the way for Woodgate's £15.7m Real deal". telegraph.co.uk (London). Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Crying shame". thesun.co.uk (London). Retrieved December 19, 2006.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ Moore, Charles. "Injury curse hits Holmes". telegraph.co.uk (London). Archived from the original on September 21, 2005. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Injury ends Greene campaign". bbc.co.uk. February 20, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
  11. ^ Turnbull, Simon (August 11, 2010). "Bolt calls halt to his disappointing season after back injury strikes". independent.co.uk (London). Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Owen shrugs off fitness fears". bbc.co.uk. May 24, 2000. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
  13. ^ "Profile - Gerrard". liverpool.rivals.net. Archived from the original on November 10, 2006. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Kewell Can't Help Out In Striker Crisis". liverpoolfc.tv. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ Watson, Roland; Elliott, Francis; Coates, Sam. "Interview:Darren Gough". timesonline.co.uk (London). Retrieved December 19, 2006. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b "Pacemen get German help". ecb.co.uk. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Hensby seeks Olazabal's help to defend title". scotsman.com. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
  18. ^ Moore, Charles. "Case for Atherton's return to the fray". telegraph.co.uk (London). Archived from the original on September 8, 2004. Retrieved December 19, 2006. [dead link]
  19. ^ Boulton, Martin (May 18, 2008). "Coughlan in Germany for radical injury treatment". The Age. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  20. ^ Neil Cameron (1 September 2009). "St Johnstone star Peter MacDonald gets goat blood injections to cure hamstring problem". dailyrecord. 
  21. ^ "U2 > News > Bono Discharged from Hospital". u2.com. 

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