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HBOT speeds up Gillingham FC defender’s recovery time

Ryan Jackson, who plays for Gillingham FC’s first team, was referred to The Oxygen clinic after tearing his groin during a training session.

In his second season at Gillingham, Jackson’s felt his groin ‘go tight’ while performing a header in a training session and a scan showed that he had torn his groin.

Originally signed off for one week, the 26 year old, who hails from Streatham in London, was desperate to return to the pitch and get back to his beloved game. He started receiving hour long hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions at The Oxygen Clinic in Paddock Wood to improve his rate of recovery and boost his performance.

Jackson said: “I had never had any sort of therapy treatment like this before, but had seen the positive impact it had previously had on my teammate, Scott Wagstaff, who had damaged his Achilles tendon. I felt that it was worth giving HBOT a go to see if it could benefit me too.”

The number two shirt defender received 16 hours of HBOT in total, before returning to the pitch on the 15th November, where Gillingham beat Northampton Town at home, 2-1.

He continued: “I was out for a total of five weeks, but my time off the pitch would have been a lot longer if I had not received HBOT. The team at The Oxygen Clinic are all very friendly and have helped make my injury recovery a much less stressful experience.

“I have healed a lot faster than I had previously thought I would, and returning to the game after being off the pitch for over a month was a wonderful feeling. I now hope to finish the season injury-free.”

Jodie Clarke, Clinic Director, said: “HBOT increases oxygen supply to the body’s tissues, which helps to speed up the recovery of joints and muscles. The team are delighted to have been able to assist Ryan in returning to the pitch, and hope to see him fit and healthy for many seasons to come.”

 

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“I have healed a lot faster than I had previously thought I would, and returning to the game after being off the pitch for over a month was a wonderful feeling. I now hope to finish the season injury-free.”

Ryan Jackson

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