Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are an element in my technothriller, A Remedy for Death. Interestingly, a couple of pieces I posted on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy have been probably the most read of all the posts on all of my websites
(Here's a link to one of those articles, and from that you can link to the second on hyperbaric therapy, as well as to another post on how swimmer Michael Phelps uses his hyperbaric chamber in training.)
This morning, the Washington Post featured another long article on the use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers. This was on how the Washsington Nationals' relief pitcher, Rafael Soriano, uses his chamber through the season to keep himself young and healthy. "When I was younger, I didn't train like this," he said. He feels he is less likely to be injured, and recovers more quickly, particularly as the season goes on.
Here's a photo, courtesy of the Washington Post.
His chamber is about 7.5 by 4 feet, and is inflatable via remote-controlled air pumps. While he's in it, for about 90 minutes, he can watch DVDs or text friends.
The article also mentions other athletes, both football baseball players, who use their hyperbaric chambers to get up for games, or, in many cases, to ward off or recuperate from injuries . . . thereby lengthening their careers.
Oh yes, the price-tag. About $20,00--a good investment if it gives you another year or two with major-league.
Curious what the other most-read articles on my blogs have been? A poair of posts on the so-called "Michael Crichton Conspiracy" that someone has put out onto the web a few years ago. Crichton's thrillers were among my long-time top-favorites, so I posted it. And there's been hardly a day someone from around the world hasn't checked one or both of those pieces. Rather than linking them,t, I'll just reblog the two original articles to this blog.