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Recovering from muscle injuries can be like pulling teeth


Clarence Seedorf's career was extended by having his wisdom teeth removed

Clarence Seedorf's career was extended by having his wisdom teeth removed

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Clarence Seedorf's career was extended by having his wisdom teeth removed

Apparently getting your molar teeth taken out can help with muscle injuries. Weird, right?

Jean-Pierre Meersseman, who founded a renowned lab in Milan, swears by the procedure. Here he is quoted explaining how he helped Clarence Seedorf's groin trouble when he transferred to AC Milan.

"When Seedorf came to see me he had continuous groin pain which had been bugging him for a year and a half. He couldn't practise properly and was on a downward spiral.

"I remember the first day he was at Milan I had his wisdom teeth pulled out. The pain in his groin went away immediately and that helped rebuild his career."

He says he helped lengthen the careers of AC Milan's Paolo Maldini, Cafu and David Beckham.

Muscle injuries, hamstring tears in particular, were the bane of my football career. I missed a Sigerson Cup final, an U-21 Leinster final, and, worst of all, Laois's run to our first senior Leinster title in 57 years with hamstring tears.

The latter injury was particularly bad. It happened in the first round of the Leinster championship and caused me to miss 10 weeks in total. I eventually made it back for the Leinster final and was introduced at half time but didn't make much impact on the game.

Hamstring injuries don't care when they strike and they are difficult to prevent. Psychologically it's difficult to get back training because you fear that your next sprint will be your last of the season.

Being injured is the worst time in any sports person's career. The feeling of loneliness and isolation from the group is difficult to deal with. The Laois team doing so well without me amplified my disappointment.

I've been to oxygen chambers, cryotherapy and laser treatment in an attempt to speed up my recovery. Out of desperation I would have tried anything to help.

Having my molars taken out is probably a step too far though, especially when Meersseman says "it's not accepted in evidence-based medicine but I don't give a damn about that. I've seen it work". I think I'd take a pass on this one.

Irish Independent