By 90Min
February 20, 2018

Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha has stepped up rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained against Newcastle earlier this month and is (amazingly) utilising NASA technology to fast-track his return. 

The Ivory Coast international flew to Dubai last week to relax while placed in a knee brace following an initial MRI scan, and it seems as though the break has rejuvenated the 25-year-old with him resuming training on the road to a full recovery.

Weekend work 🏃🏿‍♂️ #GodIsGreat

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Zaha posted an update on his Instagram account earlier which pictures him running on what looks like a normal treadmill. However, on closer inspection - and now confirmed - we can see he is actually running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

An anti-gravity treadmill is a machine developed using NASA technology to assist athletes in recovering from lower body injuries, by training at a moderate intensity; reducing the risk of stress related setbacks.

You can modulate the air pressure between 20% and 100% of your natural body weight while running or walking inside an airtight vacuum while training, as it allows for a generator to pump out air and prevent him from running on full weight at his delicate stage.

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Zaha is expected to be out for another month while he continues using the technology to gradually up his recovery, with Roy Hodgson targeting a return against Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium on March 17th.

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