Ben Ross is using revolutionary cooling machine to help heal broken arm suffered on The Footy Show
By Jamie Pandaram | October 20, 2016
Ben Ross is using cryotherapy to help him recover from a broken arm. Picture: Gregg Porteous
FORMER NRL star Ben Ross is unable to properly pick up his two-year-old daughter 16 months after breaking his arm live during television on The Footy Show last year.
Ross, who is now using a revolutionary cooling machine as part of rehabilitation on his right arm after it was snapped by Wendell Sailor during an arm-wrestling contest, has yet to receive a cent from Channel Nine.
While Ross said he has no immediate plans to seek legal damages from the network over the incident, the emotional damage is evident.
“I can’t pick up my kids,” Ross said.
“The one thing that killed me out of all of this was that my daughter Luca was four months when this happened, and now she’s nearly two and I haven’t been able to pick her up and throw her around like I want to.
“When I’m throwing them into the pool I’ve got to do it with the other arm.
“I’ve just moved house; trying to renovate, cut down trees, I need mates to do that for me.”
It’s believed that the Men of League charity foundation, which Ross works for, has been helping the former Queensland Origin prop with his medical expenses.
In the past month, Ross has started using the Below Zero Cryotherapy machine that is used by NFL champions Denver Broncos, basketball star LeBron James and football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.
The $100,000 liquid nitrogen machine has been brought into Australia by boxer Billy Dib, who discovered it after using one owned by Floyd Mayweather in the United States.
Dib and three business partners are now selling the machines to sports clubs and health centres, and Ross has been stunned at his own results.
“It has been amazing, I’ve used it for the past four weeks and the progress I’ve made is incredible,” said Ross, who spends three minutes in the machine once a week.
“This helps because it is not only area that it targets, it gets the shoulder and the elbow as well, whereas with other rehab techniques you tend to work on the one spot.
“This allows the whole arm to recover.
“When I was playing we used to have ice baths, which get to minus-15 degrees and can often by unhygienic, and this gets to minus-120 and you’re in there on your own.
“If I was playing footy now I would be literally begging the club to get one of these machines.”
It can also be revealed Cronulla Sharks forward Sam Tagataese — who was rated no chance to play in the NRL grand final due to injury — used the machine throughout the week including the day of the game to make a stunning recovery to take the field.
While Ross is delighted with the progress he has made in rehab with the machine, he has a long way to go before he fully recovers. However, he refuses to be bitter about his circumstances.
“I’ve got to get another two surgeries, there is a rod in there at the moment that they’ll have to take out, but because of the nerves around it they’ll need to get a specialist who deals with moving the tendons during the operation,” Ross said.
“I just want to get my arm right.
“Hopefully after the next few operations I can return back to a normal life.
“I used to surf every day, and I haven’t swum for 18 months.”