Sports Injury

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Sports Injury

DISCLAIMER: This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Anyone who wishes to embark on any medical program intended to prevent or treat a specific disease or condition should first consult with a qualified physician.

HBOT is becoming an increasingly popular form of treatment for injured athletes. A number of sports scientists are now recommending this treatment to accelerate the healing process.

Sports injuries from baseball, basketball, biking, cricket, cycling, hockey, football, golf, martial arts, running, skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis, weight training, wrestling, and more may benefit from HBOT. Treatment boosts white blood cell activity in damaged areas of the body, helping to control infections. HBOT also tends to constrict blood vessels and decrease the amount of blood pumped by the heart. While this sounds like a negative effect, it actually decreases blood flow to an injured region of the body, helping to reduce pressure and swelling. The amount of oxygen reaching the damaged tissue rises because of the surplus amount of oxygen being inhaled through HBOT.

HBOT has recently been reported to benefit injured players on several English football teams with excellent results. Reduced recovery times of 33 percent were reported in some cases with ligament damage.

In an April 28, 2011 Fox Sports News article, Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Alvaro Bautista credits HBOT in his reduced recovery time after breaking his left femur. Using HBOT as part of his treatment, Bautista was able to return to racing six weeks after his injury instead of the expected 12-week recovery time.