Oxygen therapy is helping Aldershot Town's Adam Mekki make fast progress with his recovery from injury
Crocked Aldershot Town starlet Adam Mekki is on the fast-track road to recovery – thanks to revolutionary oxygen therapy treatment.
The 21-year-old winger is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks after dislocating his shoulder in the opening game of the season at Grimsby on August 10.
But his healing process could be speeded up with the help of a baric oxygen chamber, which is used predominately for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.
Along with club physio Russ Clash, Mekki is visiting The Samson Centre in Guildford three times a week, where he sits in the chamber for an hour at a time in the hope that the pressurised oxygen inhaled will help increase his red blood cell count, thereby aiding his recovery.
The oxygen therapy service has previously been used by rugby players from Harlequins RFC and Mekki may even get some company over the next few weeks in the shape of Shots team-mate Anthony Tonkin, who is out for up to a month himself with a knee injury.
Clash said: “I was very impressed with the chamber and its capabilities when I went along to view it.
“We just want to give Adam every opportunity to make a full and swift recovery and get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
The Samson Centre is the home of The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Group in Guildford and is a small self-funded charity that provides physiotherapy and oxygen therapy for its 135 or so members, all of whom suffer from MS.
Consisting of two individual chambers, the baric oxygen therapy room opened its doors in November 2009, mainly for those with MS, but some spaces have been made available in recent months for non-sufferers with the use of healing of sports injuries becoming ever popular.