Harvey Elliott oxygen mask explained as Liverpool injury recovery continues
Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott continues to recover from a dislocated ankle fracture that occurred against Leeds United, undergoing successful surgery to repair the damage.
Elliott was spotted at AXA Training Center in Kirkby to take part in the 2021/22 team photo alongside his teammates.
Although he recently had surgery, Elliott was able to stand in place for the photo but was using crutches and was carried to the photo frame by Thiago Alcantara, as spotted by LFCTV cameras.
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Elliott has kept fans up to date with his injury development on Instagram, while showing his support for his teammates from home by watching all of Liverpool’s games.
In his latest update, Elliott is pictured wearing an oxygen mask, with the caption: “Small steps”.
To better understand why Elliott might be using an oxygen mask to aid his recovery, ECHO spoke with Dr Rajpal Brar, physiotherapist and founder of 3CB Performance, providing expert analysis on injuries sustained by stars of the sport.
“There are two key things to note here – most obviously the mask with a tube that fits into it and also the little clip on his right ear,” Brar said.
“The mask and tube are probably hooked up to a portable oxygen concentrator and pump oxygen to the Elliott system. It’s called ‘oxygen therapy’ and the theoretical rationale is that because as oxygen is essential for healing, it then pushes more oxygen into the lungs and so into the bloodstream and tissues can increase healing rates (research is very mixed).
“At this point, Elliott is using an oxygen face mask that allows for greater oxygen concentration and flow rates compared to a nasal cannula (small tube) directly into the nose.
Face masks also tend to be more comfortable because they provide more humid air that doesn’t dry out the nasal passages, there is nothing physically touching the nose, and some masks – like Elliott’s – also have options to insert the hose near the nose or mouth. “
He added: “Second, is the clip on Harvey’s right ear. It’s an oxygen saturation sensor that uses light to measure oxygen levels in the blood going to the hands and legs. feet – these are furthest from the heart and therefore a key metric This clip is connected to a screen to display these levels and Elliott was probably instructed to keep his Sp02 levels to the max.
“This type of oxygen therapy may or may not help speed up the healing process, but like many other techniques or processes for elite athletes, it falls into the” money is not an object and once done right won’t hurt you, so why not give it a shot? “Category.”
Liverpool doctor Jim Moxon believes Elliott is set to play again this season despite the horrific injury.
“We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately in the field and Harvey underwent surgery to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident,” Moxon said after the operation.
“The operation was a success so his return is starting now.
“We will not put pressure on him by setting a specific deadline beyond being able to confidently say that we expect him to return later in the season after our rehab program.”