Tiger Woods' Doctor Linked to Banned Doping Drugs

Joe LibrizziContributor IDecember 15, 2009

Hold on! Tiger might not be out of the woods just yet.

The New York Daily News reported Canadian doctor Tony Galea, who performed a controversial medical procedure on Woods, is currently undergoing a criminal investigation. 

Authorities are looking into drug violations both in Canada and in the United States.

Galea was arrested back on Oct. 15th in Toronto and was charged with importing and using banned drugs.

Galea, who is known as on the of the world's top sports injury experts, will appear in court later this month.  Although he denies the charges, he admitted that one of his treatments involved Actovegin.

Actovegin, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is free protein extract of calf blood and it helps to activate metabolism in tissues.  In other words, the energy of the cell is improved therefore helping to speed up recovery time.

It was reported that Galea flew to Woods’ home in Florida earlier this year to treat him.  Galea used his platelet-rich plasma injection therapy, which is commonly referred to as blood spinning.

Athletes use blood spinning to shorten their recovery time after an injury. Samples of blood are spun in a centrifuge that causes an increase in the concentration of growth hormones.

Although there is no evidence proving Woods took any of these banned substances yet, it's just another blow for Tiger and his image.  With speculation swirling around Woods already, many are now questioning whether or not he used any banned substances before or after his surgery.

Keep in mind, Galea has also worked with former NFL player Bill Romanowski and sprinters Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones.  All three testified in front of a grand jury during the Bay Area Laboratory steroid controversy.

Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, responding via email in the New York Times wrote, "I would really ask that you guys don't write this? If Tiger is NOT implicated, and won't be, let's please give the kid a break."