The Food and Drug Administration recently gave Jupiter Medical Center researchers the green light to study the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which has been used to treat tough infections, chronic ulcers and other injuries.
Joe Namath has endorsed sneakers, shaving cream and even pantyhose, but the legendary Jets quarterback is now pushing something completely different: hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Broadway Joe returned to New York on Tuesday with researchers and administrators from the Jupiter Medical Center to help the Florida facility raise $10 million to launch a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating football players, military veterans, car crash survivors and others suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
“Brain trauma doesn’t discriminate,” Namath said during a press conference at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown. “You don’t have to be a sportsman.”
The research will be conducted at the facility’s Joe Namath Neurological Research Center, which officially opened in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday.
Almost one-third of former NFL players suffer from some type of brain damage, according to court documents filed in the class-action concussion lawsuit filed by 5,000 retirees.
Namath said the 120 sessions he had in a hyperbaric chamber between August 2012 and March 2013 improved his mental acuity and boosted his energy. JMC researchers say brain scans show oxygen revived parts of his brain that had been dormant.
“Now, if I forget things, it’s my own fault,” Namath said.