Bosh linked to Anthony Galea

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:04 PM ET

Former Raptors star Chris Bosh has been linked by Sports Illustrated to Canadian doctor Anthony Galea who was charged in May by U.S. authorities with among other things, smuggling and unlawful distribution of human growth hormone.

Galea’s assistant Mary Anne Catalano, who has also been charged, has alleged to authorities that Galea injected at least eight professional athletes with a variety of substances, including the banned HGH.

Galea, the director of the Institute of Sports Medicine Health & Wellness Centre, located in Etobicoke who has treated famous athletes like Tiger Woods, Donovan Bailey and Alex Rodriguez, was the subject of a feature in the Sept. 27 edition of SI.

According to the article, two sources with knowledge of the situation said Bosh received platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) from Galea when hamstring woes kept him out of training camp.

Through his agent Henry Thomas, Bosh told SI the PRP, which uses the patients’ own blood, helped him get back into the lineup for the start of the season.

Bosh came out like gangbusters after seeing Galea, posting the best scoring and rebounding numbers of a strong season in the 18 games he played in October and November.

PRP is legal. It was originally used in jaw reconstruction and is becoming a common healing method among professional athletes such as ex-Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, due to a lack of side effects and its success treating ligament and muscle injuries. It can speed up healing, but is not believed to boost performance.

However, according to court documents unearthed by SI, authorities believe Galea often added HGH to injections and: “It is quite possible that some of the professional athletes are totally unaware of the fact that they were receiving unapproved drugs.”

None of the charges have been proven in court and Galea has strongly denied doing anything illegal.

His lawyer, Edward Greenspan told the magazine: “No one in the world could ever suggest that Dr. Galea is involved in performance enhancement.”

HGH is prohibited everywhere in sports and all-but completely banned in the U.S., but can be prescribed in Canada.

The Raptors declined to comment due to privacy laws involving medical files of past or present players.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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