When former England rugby player Andy Goode limped into retirement after 17 years of crunching tackles, he assumed there would be no return to the sport he loved.

But the 35-year-old fly half has been able to rekindle his career and make a remarkable return to the first class game with the help of botox-style injections.

Goode was left in ‘excruciating pain’ and struggling to put his shoe on after games but is now playing pain free and inspiring Newcastle Falcons to a winning streak thanks to the innovative medical procedure.


Goode has benefitted from a dose of botulinum toxin solution – similar to the cosmetic treatment – that is administered to ease athletic injuries. The injection into his hip targeted muscles running from hip to knee that were over-stressed and helped to relax them.

“I wouldn’t be back playing without the injection,” said Goode, who has kicked 48 points in five games. “I’m really enjoying playing and, incredibly, I don’t have any pain in my left knee which at times was excruciating.”

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