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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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31.

sickofit    

Hello Michael Jackson, Jr.

1477 days ago
32.

Cheryl    

Michael Jackson posed for that picture of him in the chamber because of tabloid fodder. He didnt actually use it.

Athletes are now using it but when MJ did it, he was called wacko.
MJ was never in trouble like the stories you read about people here on TMZ, in jail, hitting people, lying cheating, committing adultry. Yet the tabloids never case to bash him.

1477 days ago
33.

Pamela    

Michael Jackson was also an athelete, dancing and singing and don't tell me it's not the same thing. He was stoned mercilessly by the media. And now it's all ok eh? I'm scared by how people think these days...very scary.

1477 days ago
34.

neicey    

MJ is always the originator

1477 days ago
35.

dede    

i know tmz posted tiger woods was also building a chamber room in his new jupiter island mansion too, & had to get permission from the county...i guess it's the new "it" thing

1477 days ago
36.

jb    

Micheal Jackson wasn't wacho for using this machine... i think he was just ahead of his Time.....Tiger Woods is building a whole Hyperbolic Room in his new Mansion.....

1477 days ago
37.

JJ    

Anthony Gonzalez, WR for the Colts, had a hyperbaric chamber in 2007 when he was at Ohio State. This isn't even a new phenomenon for athletes. But, I guess it isn't "newsworthy" until Tebow does it.

1477 days ago
38.

Jim    

How well does it work on crying when you lose a game?

1477 days ago
39.

AARTZ    

such a biased media.... Im really not surprised just a little annoyed that NO ONE other than TMZ is reporting this where, what, the ENTIRE WORLD made fun of Michael Jackson for it and he didnt even have it in his HOUSE. And they still make fun of it today!......SUPER annoying. f-in media outlets.

1477 days ago
40.

Sarah    

Wow Michael Jackson gets 3rd degree scalp burns and uses one he's a freak. This guy gets injured and uses it, he's perfectly normal. **** the world.

1477 days ago
41.

M    

Wait...are those jorts?

1477 days ago
42.

Kathy    

This is a load of BS. Why aren't the football players being crucified for using this chamber like Michael Joe Jackson was? My, My, how things have changed and it makes me sick to tell you the truth. BARF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1477 days ago
43.

Pamela    

Me too #42

1477 days ago
44.

Marie    

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

Michael Jackson had third degree burn in his scalp and he used the hyperbaric chamber to heal his injuries yet the media called him Wacko Jacko. But when everybody else is using that same machine 20 years later to heal their injuries all of a sudden it is normal.Screw the media!!!Long live the King Michael Jackson!!!!

1477 days ago
45.

Jackie    

So I guess now that it is some athlete white guy..it's ok to use it and of course it isn't "weird". Jeezus!

1477 days ago
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