Phelps using hyperbaric chamber to aid recovery

By RACHEL COHEN , AP Sports Writer

(AP) -- Michael Phelps is the latest athlete to use a hyperbaric chamber to aid his recovery from training.

The 16-time Olympic medalist said Wednesday he had been sleeping "at 8,000 feet every night" for almost a year. The 26-year-old noticed he bounced back from better when he trained at altitude, so he's trying a device that simulates that.

"We've been able to realize after going to Colorado Springs so many times that it is something that helps me recover," Phelps said. "That's something that is so important to me now being older. I don't recover as fast as I used to."

He said the chamber looked like a fish tank: "Imagine, like, a bed with a box around it."

"It's kind of strange but it's good," Phelps said during an appearance for sponsor Procter & Gamble. "I don't mind it. There's a giant door at the end of my bed. The worst thing is trying to watch TV in it. I've got to watch it through Plexiglas. It's blurry."

Phelps is preparing for what he says will be his final Olympics this summer in London. He won a record eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008.

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Squirrel
Feb 08, 2012
Is this any different from taking performance enhancing drugs? Any "Golds" Michael Phelps wins will be due to gaming the rules--these at present only recognize certain artificial interventions are wrong (such as artificial drugs) but do not ban others (artificial atmospheres). The difference is arbitrary and no doubt will change.

Magus
Feb 08, 2012
If you want to go down that road you might as well call eating a healthier diet of food "gaming the rules". Wearing clothing that reduces/increase friction is "gaming the system. Shaving off your hair is "gaming the system". The only problem I see with enhancement drugs are the inherent detrimental side effects.

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