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Jose Marie Olazabel

Posted by Pete on 12/11/03 at 13:42 (139807)

For all you none golf fans Olazabel is a famous spanish golfer, winner of many tournaments and a memeber of the Ryder Cup team.

I have heard he had major problems with his feet back in 1995, so much so he gave up golf and was literally on his hand and knees for months. He made a good recovery, and returned to the pro golf circuit following a visit to see a german physician called Wolfgang something or other. The problem was his back not his feet and my treating his back he was able to walk again.

I have both foot and back problems although many consultants don't think it linked. To get to the point anyone know of Olazabel's exact problems / symptoms and how he recovered ? Search engines don't seem to help and he hasn't written a biography etc which may help.


Re: Jose Marie Olazabel

Dorothy on 12/11/03 at 14:50 (139809)

Pete ~ I don't know the answer to your question, but your post about this sure has me interested so I will join you in searching for more information. I have relatives who are dedicated golfers and they might have some leads, too. The back/foot connection is one that I think warrants a lot more exploration. I have come to the belief that these foot problems are rarely just related to the fascia of the foot, that there is much more to the interconnectedness of the entire system - back/spine, circulation, neural, musculoskeletal, emotional - than treating the inflammation of the fascia indicates.
I have made a note of your reference and will see what I can find, too.
Good luck - and best wishes for your own health, also.

Re: Jose Marie Olazabel

Dorothy on 12/11/03 at 16:09 (139811)

Pete again ~ Here's what I've come up with on brief search and I don't have time to do any more extensive than this. One can get an idea without specifics by deducing from these various bits and pieces. Have you found anything??? Here's what I found:
OLLY; 'Pain is so great he could end up in a wheelchair' Jose Maria Olazabal.(Sport)
07/11/1996; The Mirror (London, England); Stenson, Tony

Golf superstar Jose Maria Olazabal yesterday pulled out of next week's Open Championship because of a crippling illness that could condemn him to life in a wheelchair.
It's the latest savage twist in a rheumatoid arthritis condition that has now spread to both feet.
There is a growing fear in golf that Olazabal might never play again but last night he vowed: 'I am not beaten yet. I will continue to fight.'
The 1994 Masters champion and Ryder Cup hero hasn't played since last September and is in too much pain to attempt the Open at Royal Lytham St Ann... (600 of 5663 Characters)

Second-round leader Jose Maria Olazabal credits health, smarts for rise.
04/12/1999; Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service; Saylor, Jack

AUGUSTA, Ga. _ Now that his foot problems are history, Jose Maria Olazabal's reaction is to get a leg up on winning his second Masters.
He has gone from boy wonder of Augusta, debuting at 19, to champion in 1994, back to watching at home on TV two years later, unable to walk for several months while he wondered what his future held.
But doctors cured what was diagnosed as rheumatoid polyarthritis in three joints of the right foot and two in the left.
Some hard work and rehab during an 18-month absence returned Olazabal to competition. He finished 12th... (600 of 5231 Characters

California Almonds -- a Nutritional Hole in One; They Work for Master's Champ Jose Maria Olazabal.
04/07/2000; Business Wire

Business Editors/Health, Sports & Lifestyle Writers
AUGUSTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 7, 2000
Golfers everywhere wanting to improve their handicap do not need to look any further. Roasted almonds, chosen for the Masters' championship dinner by this year's winner, Jose Maria Olazabal, may well have contributed to capturing the 'green jacket.' Almonds have always been a Mediterranean favorite -- perhaps their nutritional properties are Olazabal's secret weapon.
Almonds are an excellent source of magnesium, needed for building bones and releasing ... (600 of 1699 Characters)

The Week: May 18-24.(Golf Plus)(Brief Article)
05/31/1999; Sports Illustrated

Ben Hogan would have appreciated the '99 season. First, Steve Elkington wins at Doral a year after nasal surgery, then Jose Maria Olazabal (feet) and Greg Norman (shoulder) go one-two in the Masters. Now we get a tripleheader of comebacks: Jack Nicklaus debuts his bionic hip, Beth Daniel (rotator cuff) fires a record nine straight birdies, and Olin Browne, coming off surgery on his left arm, conquers Colonial.
PGA Browne won despite ranking 38th in putting with an average of 1.77 putts per green hit in regulation, the worst numbers in that... (600 of 2389 Characters)

GOLF: I'M THE OLLY GREEN GIANT; U.S. MASTERS THE FINAL DAY: Jose Maria is Master again.(Sport)
04/12/1999; The Mirror (London, England); STENSON, Tony

TEARFUL Jose Maria Olazabal completed a fairy-tale comeback from crippling injury to win his second Green Jacket.
Since his Masters triumph of 1994, the brave Spaniard has battled against painful rheumatism in his feet that threatened to leave him in a wheelchair.
But he was walking tall again yesterday after conquering the Augusta course and beating Davis Love III and the unlucky Greg Norman in a titanic battle for the pounds 450,000 first prize.
Olly was close to tears as former champion Mark O'Meara presented him with the famous jacket.
'... (600 of 6301 Characters)

08/14/1999; The Mirror (London, England); SPINK, Alex

FRUSTRATED rugby star Will Greenwood completes a miraculous comeback from injury when he returns to England colours on Tuesday.
Eight weeks after being told to 'back off' training due to pain caused by a mystery groin problem, the Lions centre has been restored to health by 'Healing Hans'.
Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt is the homeopathic German doctor who stunned golf by transforming Jose Maria Olazabal from near cripple to US Masters champion.
The Munich medical maestro came to the rescue of Michael Owen when the Liverpool star needed urgent pre-seas... (600 of 2363 Characters)

Irwin Naturals/4Health -- An Amazing 'Natural' Medical Breakthrough in the Treatment of Arthritis; New Hope for Children, Teens, Adults and PGA Masters Tournament Winner.
04/30/1999; Business Wire

CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 30, 1999--
On April 22, 1999, 'Hard Copy' aired its investigative report on a remarkable all-natural medical breakthrough in the treatment of arthritis, Inholtra(tm) Natural Pain Relief Formula, manufactured by Culver City-based Irwin Naturals/4Health Inc. (Nasdaq:HHHH).
Inholtra is the only patented formula (virtually unheard of in the herbal industry) for treating arthritis.
Central to the segment was two-time Masters Golf Tournament winner and champion Jose Maria Olazabal: 'I was lucky enough to get my ha... (600 of 3461 Characters)

THE MASTERS; Olazabal still on top - Norman closes within a stroke.
04/11/1999; The Boston Herald; Gordon, Joe

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The bond between Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal and Australian Greg Norman was born of mutual misery in dealing with injuries that threatened their magnificent golf careers.
Modern medicine cured Olazabal's pain-wracked feet two years ago and Norman's useless left shoulder last year. Today, the world will discover whether Norman's head has recovered from an inhuman beating it took in the 1996 Masters when he blew a 6-shot lead with a final-round 78 and surrendered the green jacket he so covets to Nick Faldo.
Yesterday, on a bizarre steamy day when... (600 of 3554 Characters

Golf: Miracle-cure Olly leads the Masters pack.(Sport)
04/10/1999; Coventry Evening Telegraph (England); Garrod, Mark

THREE summers ago Jose Maria Olazabal was crawling around on the floor of his San Sebastian home, wondering whether he would ever walk again, let alone play in the US Masters.
Today he took a one-stroke lead into the third round at Augusta and was half-way towards completing what is already a truly remarkable story.
From the depths of despair - he feared a future in a wheelchair - the 33-year-old Spaniard now looks down on the rest of the field on eight under par after a scintillating 66 yesterday.
American Scott McCarron is right on his tail, but thi... (600 of 2109 Characters)

Golf: Olly walks tall as sad Faldo falls from grace.(Sport)
04/10/1999; The Mirror (London, England); Stenson, Tony

SPAIN'S Jose Maria Olazabal, who once feared his life would finish in a wheel-chair, marched gloriously through Georgia again yesterday.
The 1994 Masters champion even out-shone a resurgent Greg Norman to fire a magnificent second round 66 for an eight-under- par total of 136.
He tamed Augusta with shots that took away your breath. His super show helped erase all the pain of those dark days when he sat in a darkened room, unable to get out of bed, wondering if he would walk again, let alone play golf.
Only the healing hands of Munich doctor Hans-Wilhe... (600 of 5450 Characters)

04/07/1998; Birmingham Evening Mail (England)

WHEN Greg Norman selestructed on the final day of the 1996 Masters and Nick Faldo came storming through to collect his third green jacket, Jose Maria Olazabal was at home in northern Spain.
He was struggling to get around the house, the pain from what was thought to be rheumatoid polyarthritis in both his feet so bad that he wondered if he would play any golf course again, let alone Augusta.
It was a hard week for the 1994 champion. He had not played any tournament for seven months; he was no nearer finding a cure, and here unfolding in front of him on televisi... (600 of 4171 Characters

This celebrity diet has a fat chance of helping you shed the pounds.(News)
05/10/1998; Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland); Scott, Marion

This man is Ian Stoakes, and he hopes to become a multi-millionaire through the latest celebrity diet craze.
Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell, TV star Nina Myskow, and Spanish golf legend Jose Maria Olazabal are all being used to promote it.
And Stoakes plans to bring the pounds 230-a-time NuTron diet to Scotland.
But last night medical experts across the country slammed NuTron as 'a rip-off' to 'dupe' a 'gullible' public.
And Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Sir David Carter, has promised a full probe into the firm's claims.
As well... (600 of 5017 Characters)

Hotline: RYAN'S OFF TO BAYERN; ...but only to sort out his hamstring trouble.(Sport)
11/25/2001; The People (London, England)

Byline: Andy DUNN
RYAN GIGGS will try to cure the hamstring problem that has blighted his career by calling on the team doctor of arch-rivals Bayern Munich.
The Manchester United winger will be sidelined until the New Year by his latest setback.
His hamstring went again on the eve of Tuesday's 1-1 draw in Munich's Olympic Stadium.
And it has prompted Giggs and United to enlist the help of world-famous doctor Hans Muller-Wolfhart - the man who has helped a string of high-profile sportsmen, including England striker Michael Owen.
Mul... (600 of 2151 Characters)

06/09/1996; The People (London, England); Dunn, Andy

Forget the War on the Shore, Corey Pavin's Desert Storm cap and the bitter Ryder Cup rivalry - America and Europe will be united in sympathy for one man next week.
Jose Maria Olazabal ... the golfing superstar struck down in his prime.
The European Tour has already faxed their best wishes - and all the players at this week's US Open at Oakland Hills, Michigan, will send a missive to the Spaniard's San Sebastian hideaway.
Olly, 30, is a hardy character but the chronic rheumatoid arthritis in his right foot has forced him out of competitive golf for nea... (600 of 3906 Characters)
(This is from eLibrary and is incomplete article, but to obtain full article requires registration for a for-fee site, even though they will give a free trial during which the full article could be read. I did not sign up. Since there are quite a large number of articles about this man, you might want to sign up for the free trial. I did not because to register even for the free trial requires you to give credit card information and I just didn't want to get into a situation where it might be difficult to cancel after the free trial….) Following are on Hans Muller Wolfhart:

11.10.03 Smicer gets a Czech-up
Chris Bascombe, Liverpool Echo

Vladimir Smicer has enlisted the help of a top German specialist in a bid to cure a persistent Achilles injury.

The Czech midfielder pulled out of his country's Euro 2004 qualifier with Austria and travelled to Munich instead.

There, he met renowned surgeon Dr Hans Muller-Wolfhart. Dr Muller-Wolfhart recently helped both Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard recover from muscle problems.

Smicer, who was forced off early against Arsenal with injury, is now confident the complaint isn't as serious as he feared.

He's sure he'll be fit for Liverpool's UEFA Cup tie at Anfield next Wednesday.

'I went to Germany earlier this week to get it looked at,' Smicer said today.

'I've been having a pain in my Achilles for some time but I didn't want to miss any games. When you're in the team and playing well you don't want to miss any matches.

'It was hurting whenever I made a movement. The plan was always for me to get it checked out properly after the Arsenal game but it became too painful during the match and I couldn't continue.

'I had an x-ray after the game, but it didn't show serious damage, so I decided to go to Germany.

'I visited Muller-Wolfhart while I was at Slavia Prague and also during my time in France. He has a very good reputation and has helped a lot of top players.

'The Czech Republic have already qualified so there is nothing at stake in their match with Austria. It gave me the chance to sort it out.'

After treatment in Germany, the midfielder is confident the problem is cured.

There is better news for British number one Dwain Chambers, who will run in Birmingham at the Norwich Union Grand Prix on Friday after visiting hamstring specialist Dr Hans Muller Wolfhart in Germany.
Wolfhart is the man who looks after Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.

Underwent minor knee surgery in August 2002. Also received treatment this summer from German sports injury specialist Hans Muller Wolfhart who injected his right knee with hylart, an oil extracted from the crest of a cockerel which is used to combat arthritis.
Another Ireland international with cruel luck with injuries in the last year, Mark Kennedy, made a flying visit to a specialist, Dr Hans Muller Wolfhart, in Germany after the weekend which his manager at Wolves, Dave Jones, thinks will helped him both physically and mentally.
The winger has a long-term hamstring injury which first flared up last March and forced him to miss the World Cup and Jones believes that Dr Muller's work has made Kennedy believe that the injury is not serious.
'Mark has something of a flying visit to see the specialist,' he told the Wolves website. 'He had an injection in his back which is often the best way to treat hamstring problems. It puts his mind at ease because after having the treatment and a check-up he now knows nothing is seriously wrong and that it is just a precaution.'
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Müller-Wohlfahrt and Montag, well known authors on the subject of sports medicine, have closed this gap by documenting their expertise in a well-defined form. The result is a readable guide which should not be missed by trainers, sports advisors, and other sports-active people. This book should be part of all first aid kits for consultation when needed.
The book contains chapters on injuries to the foot, knee, muscles, hip, spinal column, shoulder, elbow, hand and head, as well as broken bones and hemorrhages. There is also information on inflammations, practical tips, taping and supplies for first aid kits. The various injuries are uniformly outlined with subtitles such as symptoms, causes, first aid, follow-up care and prevention. Furthermore, information on medication and helpful tips are emphasized.
The speedy selection of help for injuries, together with many useful photos, are an advantage over other 'how-to' guides. Uwe Fajga, Munich Germany
Michael Owen has predicted that he will be fit for the start of the new season. Club doctor Mark Waller is now supervising the training schedule that was handed to Owen by German doctor Hans Muller Wolfhart and, despite 'rival' specialists believing that the treatment is incorrect, Owen will stick with it.
'Things are going very well and I believe that I am on schedule to play in either the first or the second league game of the season,' said Owen.
'I have been given the all clear to start full training with the first team players on Monday or Tuesday.
'I have a 20% chance of playing at some stage against Manchester City next Tuesday.'
Owen, 20, said the German specialist he had visited last week, Hans Muller-Wolfhart, reported that his hamstring - and associated lower-back - problems revealed a '100% improvement' from his early-season inspection

suffered four hamstring injuries before finally undergoing a course of injections
(said to contain calves' blood) under Dr Hans Muller Wolfhart in Munich ...

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Kathy G on 12/12/03 at 08:14 (139837)

Great research, Dorothy!

I've heard of Jose Marie Olazabel but that's only because my husband loves golf and he watches it. He even has me tape it for him so he can watch it when he exercises inside in the winter. To me, watching golf is like watching grass grow, but it's not like he forces me to watch it! I believe I've heard the name mentioned so he must still be playing.

As a zealous cynic, I have to wonder if I would ever have anyone inject me with the oil from the crest of a cockerel. I looked it up to be sure and it's defined as a young domestic cock, less than one year old.

Maybe if my local pod could get his hands on oil from a cockerel's crest and it was a bad foot day.......:-/

Re: Jose Marie Olazabel & Veejay Singh

Kathy G on 12/15/03 at 09:28 (140024)

A quick followup: My husband said that he always assumed that Olazabel had PF like Veejay Singh. He never read anything about the cure that Dorothy researched, although he might have missed the article. He is still playing so whatever they did, it worked.

As for Veejay, John mentioned a while back, that he had PF and was playing golf with it. Recently, I must have been really bored because I picked up one of my husband's Golf magazines, or maybe it was Golf Digest, and there was an article on Singh, lauding his remarkable practice schedule and the fact that he's managed to stay around despite his controversial remarks about Annika Sorrestan (sp?). What amazed me was that in this very complimentary article, not one mention was made of the fact that this guy plays with PF or that he's had any problem with his feet. I don't understand it.

I can understand why they hush it up when a baseball, football or basketball player has PF because it would give the opposition an edge to know that there is someone playing at less than 100% but not golf. In golf, you're playing the course, not each other.

Very strange. It's almost like foot problems don't matter.