Roland Garros.  Four questions posed by Rafael Nadal's infiltrations

Roland Garros. Four questions posed by Rafael Nadal’s infiltrations

Stronger than anything. Even the pain. Sunday June 5, Rafael Nadal (36 years old) entered a little more in history by winning a fourteenth coronation at Roland-Garros against Casper Ruud (6-3, 6-3, 6-0). Sound 22e Grand Slam. All this, despite a painful foot caused by his Muller-Weiss syndrome which has affected him since 2005. And that, no one can take away from him.

Aware of going against what his body tells him, the Spanish extraterrestrial wants to “treat” himself before considering the rest of his career. We take stock of the Spaniard’s medical follow-up in four questions.

Are these injections allowed?

The answer is yes. Otherwise, obviously, Rafael Nadal would never have mentioned it. His degenerative and incurable disease is characterized by a deformation of one of the bones located in the central part of the foot, essential for mobility.

But for a year and a half, the pain is more and more intense and obliges him to be followed daily by the doctor of the Spanish federation, Ángel Ruiz-Cotorro.

This forced him to make multiple injections of xylocaine to anesthetize the pain. And they are allowed in tennis since they are “local and do not diffuse into the bloodstream”evoked, in the columns of the team, Doctor Olivier Rouillon, doctor at Racinq 92.

Without that, for sure, the Spaniard couldn’t have continued the tournament. He says it himself: “it was due one shot. It is clear that I will not do it again. But after my match against Corentin Moutet (2e round), I couldn’t walk when I got to the hotel. »

What is his “radio frequency” treatment that he is starting this week?

From today, the Spaniard is embarking on a treatment “pulsed radio frequency”. This consists of applying an electric current to the motor nerve in order to heal it.

Its objective is to “create the absence of pain permanently” without having to completely put the foot to sleep as was the case during the fortnight. Precision of great importance, the infiltrations made during Roland-Garros made it possible to deaden the sensory nerve and not the motor nerve in direct link with the nervous system.

What risks does he take?

If his treatment does not work, the Toro of Manacor will be forced to undergo surgery. The latter will no longer allow him, barring a miracle, to play at a very high level.

Another option: the colossus with the foot of clay can continue to play under infiltrations unless the regulations change. Nadal is stronger than pain. But for how long ? “My career has never been a priority compared to [s] we happiness, he confided on Sunday. Life is always more important than another title”confided, on Sunday, the king of clay crowned in Paris with an anesthetized foot.

What are other athletes saying?

Tennis big names hailed the Spaniard’s incredible performance. Starting with Casper Ruud, his opponent in the final: “I am one more victim that he destroyed on this court in the final. […] He’s the ultimate clay court player. He has the perfect game for the earth”.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, his two best rivals blocked at twenty Grand Slam titles, are silent, for the moment. In France, cyclist Thibaut Pinot, athlete in a discipline where suspicion of doping is king, tweeted about Nadal’s infiltrations: ” Today’s heroes… “. A feeling that opens the debate on the place given to sports performance at the expense of physical integrity.

Roland Garros. Four questions posed by Rafael Nadal’s infiltrations

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