Monday, February 6, 2012

Super Bowl Postscript: The Last Play of the Last Game

Hyperbaric oxygen may have played a role in what some call the biggest story of Super Bowl XLVI. Last night's game ended with a Hail Mary pass to an injured Rob Gronkowski, who set a regular-season record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches. This wasn't one of them. Nursing a high ankle sprain, Gronkowski finished just two catches for 26 yards in the Super Bowl. A wonder he played at all. Add him, with an asterisk, to our list of NFL stars using hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Or so one orthopaedic surgeon guesses. Dr Paul Cain, head of sports medicine at Central Maine Orthopaedics, explains the severity of Gronkowski's injury and the probable use of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), a walking boot to immobilize the ankle, ultrasound, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Read "Super Bowl: Auburn doc talks Gronkowski sprain" in the Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal.

[Photo: Richard Mackson, US PRESSWIRE]

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