Why did an athlete have Botox leading up to the Rio Olympics 2016?
The Olympics are well underway and the spotlight is well and truly on the amazing country of Brazil, a country well known for its love of cosmetic surgery.
One of the more interesting stories involves France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, who has revealed the inspiration that drove her to competing at Rio 2016 and it comes as quite a surprise… Botox!
The 24-year-old French competitor who competes in the gruelling multidiscipline bicycle, which is three types of racing; Mountain biking, cyclo-cross and cross country, is crediting Botox in alleviating the pain in her hip caused by sciatic nerve issues.
She started undergoing the injections in June before having the final two just before she left for Rio de Janeiro, where she commented on this new use for Botox saying:
“I have no more pain, with an injection, you cannot ride for three days, you cannot race for 10 days. [Botox] is not prohibited and the next day, you can train.”
Using Botox came after she had unsuccessfully tried to treat her injury with osteopathy, physiotherapy, changing her bike set up and having cortisone injections, before a fellow colleague suggested this alternative method, adding: “Jacky Maillot [France’s team doctor] told me one of his colleagues is a specialist with this problem. After injection of botulinum toxin, I felt it was much better.”
Interesting stuff. We will have to see how the use of Botox evolve!
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