HBOT in Sports
How does HBOT work?
The athlete spends about 1-hour per session in a monoplace hyperbaric chamber, breathing medical-grade oxygen under increased pressure which saturates the body’s tissues and reaches damaged areas that had lacked blood supply and oxygen. HBOT stimulates the body’s natural healing process.
Athletes have reported improved recovery after hard workouts and competition. For athletes recovering from a sports-related injury, many have reported faster healing and recovery times and overall post injury improvement.
HBOT and Pre-Conditioning
What might be one of the components of hyperbaric pre-conditioning?
Leo Germin, M.D., FAANEM HIN Medical Director Invited speaker, 10th International Hyperbaric Symposium For Hyperbaric Medicine (HBOT2016) New Orleans, LA Title: Acute and Chronic Brain Insults
HBOT in Sports: Video Testimonials
HBOT in Sports Testimonial: John Gunderson
Mixed Martial Artist
HBOT in Sports Testimonial: Denny Silva
Las Vegas Personal Trainer & Triathlete
HBOT in Sports Testimonial: Connor Fields
Professional Cycling BMX
HBOT in Sports Testimonial: Evan Song
HBOT in Sports Related Injury and Recovery
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been shown to be effective to promote healing and improve recovery time for sports-related injuries. For many sports injuries, HBOT works best when part of a comprehensive sports injury recovery program. That includes “standard of practice” surgical and medical interventions.
The body’s ability to heal is amazing. What is important to note is that each of the phases of healing the body performs after an injury involves oxygen. Learn more about the 3 Phases of Healing. Some common sports injuries that may benefit from HBOT include, but not limited to the following: broken bones, muscle injuries, tendon injuries, ligament injuries, and concussion injuries.
HBO therapy can offer benefits to athletes at any level, in part, by considering some of the physical benefits:
- Increase in the level of oxygen delivered to tissues
- Stimulating the production of stem cells, which have been shown to accelerate the healing of injuries to joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones
- Boosts the immune system even as it increases the body’s ability to fight off infections
Additional HBOT benefits can include: Decreases edema, swelling, inflammation and bruising and does this while speeding the healing of these sports-related injuries; Promotes the regeneration of injured tissues, reduced scarring and maximizes return to game; Helps promote new capillary growth, HBO therapy reduces fatigue from a chronic inadequate oxygen supply to cells and tissues; Decreases ligament healing time; Hyperbaric oxygen reduces ischemia-induced skeletal muscle injury.
To learn more regarding using hyperbaric oxygen therapy in muscle injuries, muscle stretch injury, ischemia (another type of muscle injury), ankle sprains, medial collateral ligament, ligament lacerations, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), fractures, and more you may want to read the article on Hyperbaric Oxygen Effects on Sports Injuries.