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Armin Schwarz fit to drive for Sanremo

Armin Schwarz fit to drive for Sanremo

Following a remarkable rehabilitation during the last two weeks since his horrendous accident on Rallye Deutschland, Armin Schwarz has been signed off as fit to drive by Dr. Paul Trafford, Hyundai Castrol World Rally Team doctor, and he and ...

Following a remarkable rehabilitation during the last two weeks since his horrendous accident on Rallye Deutschland, Armin Schwarz has been signed off as fit to drive by Dr. Paul Trafford, Hyundai Castrol World Rally Team doctor, and he and co-driver Mnafred Hiemer will contest Rallye Sanremo, the final tarmac round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Armin Schwarz.
Photo by Hyundai World Rally Team.
Dr. Trafford commented, "Armin has been treated by a very skilled physiotherapist and osteopath, Siegfried Hornikel, who he has been working with in Germany since 1996. He has been using magnetic therapy for Armin's injuries to promote healing and callus formation, as well as salt water therapy to increase shoulder blade movement over the broken ribs and to break down adhesions.

"I am amazed that he has such a good range of movement and is in no pain. All the treatment has worked exceptionally well considering you would expect broken ribs to have put Armin out of action for 5-6 weeks because of the pain and limitation of shoulder movement," he concluded.

Eager to get back behind the wheel of his Accent WRC", Armin said, "I'm feeling really good now. Last Wednesday I was still in a bit of pain and I began some work on my bike at home. By Thursday it was like a switch went -- all the blood felt like it was pumping back round my body and I felt a lot better. I have been receiving 8-9 hours treatment a day so as not to allow anything to seize up and it really has worked. Siegfried will also come to Sanremo with me so we can continue treatment as much as possible

Armin also commented on his co-driver Manfred Hiemer, "Manni has also received 5-6 treatments with the physio as his ribs were quite bruised. He is now feeling good and we are both looking forward to getting to Sanremo."

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