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Belgian golfer Nicolas Colsaerts is on the road to recovery from a rare kidney disease.

I was diagnosed in December 2021 with a rare kidney disease called membranous nephropathy that has had an impact on my health, life, family and career. Having been faced with a serious disease for the first time in my life, it has taken a toll not only on my physical health but also on my mental and emotional well-being. I was really looking forward to starting my 2022 season having recently relocated to Dubai and my intention was to make the most of the incredible practice and training facilities that Dubai has to offer. However, instead of returning to the DP World Tour in full form for 2022, I found myself spending more nights in hospital than hours on the golf course and my career has been put on a pause in order for me to return to a state that means I can play high-level competition golf again.

The 39-year-old 10-time champion is doing everything in his power to return to the golf course and come back on the DP World Tour.  In fact, he thinks when he does come back he’s going to be better than ever thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

I am going through AVIV Clinics’ Medical Programme that runs for three months and helps athletes and sport enthusiasts to improve their physical and mental performance, including focus, memory and attention, as well as accelerating physical recovery. Each participant in the programme meets with the clinic’s expert medical professionals, using a combination of AVIV’s proprietary Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), cognitive and physical training, and a personalised nutritional programme that focuses on two key areas: the cognitive and physical benefits. The HBOT involves breathing 100 per cent pure oxygen in a special room known as a HBOT suite.

According to AVIV, the biological effects of ageing can be reversed, and we can all regain the peak performance and quality of life we crave for. I am just past halfway of my treatment programme, and it would be an understatement to say I am more than impressed! In terms of the changes, I can already see a huge improvement in my cognitive skills, most markedly with brain speed, attention, and memory skills (my wife will confirm this!). I look forward to seeing the changes in my brain scans and activity. I also feel a lot more positive in my outlook for recovery. I see personal trainers, physios, neuropsychologists and dietitians on a regular basis after using the suite as part of my follow ups.

Colsaerts has a plan to go back out on Tour sometime after the first week of August. He is adamant that he wants to return to the course better than before, as a new version of himself.

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