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Tim Tebow ... and the Hyperbaric Chamber of Secrets

8/12/2010 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NFL rookie Tim Tebow just had a hyperbaric oxygen chamber delivered to his hotel room at Denver Broncos training camp ... but TMZ has learned he's been using the device for more than two years.

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The device -- which is said to "greatly accelerate the recovery process" -- was purchased by Tim in 2008 for just under $20,000 ... this according to Ric Rooney, owner of Pikes Peak Hyperbaric.

According to Ric, Tebow had the device shipped from his home in Florida to training camp -- but couldn't set it up ... so PPH sent a rep to Broncos camp to help Tim out.

Rooney tells us Tebow has been getting "banged up" at practice ... and Tim felt the chamber could help him heal quicker. We're told Tim has a routine where he sits in the chamber for 60-90 minutes after every practice.

We're told hyperbaric chambers are big in the NFL right now -- with stars like T.O. and Hines Ward using them routinely.


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16.

M    

He does come from a rich family and chances are they purchased it for him. TMZ's wording is completely misleading in saying it was "purchased by Tim".

1345 days ago
17.

MikeDaddy    

This pic is crap. If it were recent you we see that Tebow no longer has any hair. His head was shaved over a week ago. This pic is older than that.

1345 days ago
18.

I Was About To Say    

AN MICHAEL JACKSON WAS ONLY TRYING OUT A MACHINE FOR BURN VICTIMS AND HE WAS MADE FUN OF, CALLED WACKO, WHY DON'T THEY CALL THIS DUDE WACKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1345 days ago
19.

Summer    

#6 He does not come from a well off family, his parents are missionary's. I really do wonder who paid for that machine? Could the man who walks on water have done something wrong?

1345 days ago
20.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Wow... TMZ is really struggling for news lately. Does anyone really give a **** about the atheles posted on this site. There are only about five stories for these types anyway: Busted for DUI, Abusing a person, Buying something crazy, Steriods, and Dating surgically fake ass sl*t Kim Kardashian.

1345 days ago
21.

a total fan    

Just goes to prove how unfair the media was towards Michael. So now it's therapeutic but when Michael stepped into one to show how it worked he was crazy?

It's an old picture being use to put out a "new" story.

1345 days ago
22.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

#6 He does not come from a well off family, his parents are missionary's. I really do wonder who paid for that machine? Could the man who walks on water have done something wrong?

Posted at 9:04 AM on Aug 12, 2010 by Summer
just because your a missionary doesnt make you poor...ever watch tv sunday morings..those preachers sure wear fine suits and lots of gold....

1345 days ago
23.

Sam    

Jesus used a Hyperbaraic oxygen chamber too.

1345 days ago
24.

Laker    

It's true, missionaries like to come off as poor humble people too, otherwise how are the 3rd world people going to relate to you?

1345 days ago
25.

Christine    

The chamber was just one of the MANY reasons MJ was made fun of - the monkey, the kids, the house/amusement park, the bleaching - it just went on and on.
#8 - As for Tebow "being from a 'rich white family' unlike 'the ghetto' where black athletes come from and are tempted by illegal money and gifts" - that's an ignorant and racist comment. Not to mention you're insinuating that lack of wealth equates to lack of ethics and morals - another insulting comment. Leave race out of it - there are poor white kids, too and you either follow the rules or you don't (hello, Reggie Bush).
As for where he got it - who cares?

1345 days ago
26.

noneofyourbusiness    

Why does it even matter where he got it from? How bout pondering the meaning of life instead. What a bunch of haters.

1345 days ago
27.

Ylvette    

Anybody remember when it was SO WEIRD when Michael Jackson was said to use one?

Guess instead of being crazy - he was just ahead of his time. I don't see anyone making fun of the athletes!

Posted at 7:58 AM on Aug 12, 2010 by Brian


BRIAN,You read my mind!! Those were my EXACT thoughts as I was reading the "article". You know what? Michael was ahead of his time in almost EVERYTHING! That's why he was a genius. He envisioned things most of us couldn't fathom. We fear that which we don't understand and the world did NOT understand Michael. Unfortunately, he was persecuted for "Being ahead of his time". Thanks for the sacrifice, Michael. I love you.

1345 days ago
28.

Bubbles The Chimp    

This isn't news. TMZ should have reported that hasbeen J.LO being booted from American idol already instead.

1345 days ago
29.

Jimbo    

rich white family? I think his parents are/were missionaries...

1345 days ago
30.

David Freels    

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) forces the growth of new capillaries, which is why it's used in chronic wound healing and why it accelerates healing for professional athletes. HBOT also corrects Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stroke, cerebral palsy, and autism for the very same reason--it forces the growth of new capillaries. Most brain-injured people have impaired cerebral blood flow as opposed to dead brain tissue. Once the circulation is restored the neurological function is restored. It's the same principle we've all experienced when we've awakened in the middle of the night and discovered our arm is asleep. Once the circulation is restored, the arm can move and have feeling again. For more information see MedicaidforHBOT.com, before/after videos at hyperbaria.org, the most knowledgeable hyperbaric physician is at HBOT.com.

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