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 club doctor at Bayern Munich and is a world leader in the treatment of sports injuries.

Many of the German doctor's treatments are controversial, including using injections of a substance called Hyalart,[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Players treated[edit]

He has treated many footballers including Jürgen Klinsmann,[5] Ronaldo and Jonathan Woodgate[6] and other sportsmen and women such as Paula Radcliffe [7] Kelly Holmes,[8] Maurice Greene [9] and Usain Bolt.[10]

He helped cure Michael Owen's hamstring problems in time to play at the Euro 2000 tournament[11] and has also helped Owen's Liverpool F.C. and England colleague, Steven Gerrard [12] and Harry Kewell.[13] Darren Gough [14][15] and Alex Tudor,[15] 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,[16] 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 [17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

In 2010 he treated Bono (singer for U2) and Usain Bolt for severe back injury.[20]

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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  16. ^ "Hensby seeks Olazabal's help to defend title". scotsman.com. Retrieved December 19, 2006. 
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  19. ^ St Johnstone star Peter MacDonald gets goat blood injections to cure hamstring problem - The Daily Record
  20. ^ http://www.u2.com/news/title/bono-discharged-from-hospital

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