The day before Game 4, the WNBA superstar underwent two hours of hyperbaric therapy in a hyperbaric chamber. Delle Donne highlighted the important role played by hyperbaric therapy in her recovery process. On the morning of Game 4, despite the misgivings of their coach Mike Thibault, Delle Donne was in her uniform and ready to go on the field. During the game, she made 3-of-5 shots and led her team to victory against the Atlanta Dream.
The healing of a sports injury is a time consuming and often tedious process that typically consists of three distinct phases. These are as follows:
ii) The proliferative phase
iii) The remodeling phase
In the inflammatory stage of a sports injury, enhanced oxygen supply could help reduce swelling and minimize pain by controlling the blood vessel permeability. In the proliferative stage, on the other hand, adequate oxygen supply is essential for the synthesis of proteoglycan, fibronectin, and other extracellular matrix components.