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The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Athletes

  • Enhanced Physical Performance.
  • Better Mental Clarity.
  • Improved Sleep.
  • Decreased Soreness after Physical Activity.
  • Reduced Inflammation.
  • Heightened Energy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can increase circulation and oxygenation, allowing the oxygen to build and repair damaged blood vessels, as well as triggering collagen growth, which leads to healing. The increase in pressure can also reduce swelling, which in turn, increases blood flow.


Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy reverse aging?

Study finds hyperbaric oxygen treatments halt the aging of blood cells and reverses the aging process. … Focusing on immune cells containing DNA obtained from the participants’ blood, the study discovered a lengthening of up to 38% of the telomeres, as well as a decrease of up to 37% in the presence of senescent cells.

Does hyperbaric oxygen heal the brain?

In another study, published in 2015, researchers gave hyperbaric oxygen to 56 patients with prolonged post-concussion syndrome. They found that many patients showed significant improvements in cognitive function and overall quality of life. Brain trauma disrupts the flow of oxygen to injured parts of the brain, often leading to cell damage and dysfunction. HBOT forces much more oxygen than normal into your blood vessels, which is known to promote healing in damaged, oxygen-starved tissues

Those who have suffered a concussive injury, whether from sports or accidental, may benefit from early therapy (acute/subacute post-concussion). Many times, 3- 5 treatments are all that are required.

Physicians who have treated college football players immediately after a concussive injury describe the headache being alleviated during the first treatment. What an amazing outcome!!

As more research begins to accumulate, and with increased utilization of advanced imaging techniques to quantify improvement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy should become more accepted as a treatment modality for TBI. Dr. Zo is happy to see patients and discuss treatment options, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of a comprehensive traumatic brain injury protocol.

Performance may be an athlete’s job, but physical maintenance and recovery is the foundation.

So how could extra oxygen help? And even more than that…how could oxygen administer in a hyperbaric chamber help?

Here are 3 benefits of hyperbaric chamber therapy for athletes:

HBOT helps heal challenging injuries

Tendon and ligament injuries are extremely common in the world of sports. The majority of sports injuries are lower limb. The most common are in the ankle.2 They’re time-consuming and challenging to heal, which often derails an athlete’s performance and plans.

HBOT, however, is an incredible resource for injuries in these areas of the body.3 HBOT studies with athletes are limited but growing. In one study review, HBOT showed particular promise for sports injuries involving areas of a muscle that have lower blood flow. These include your ligaments, tendons, and bones. These areas can be especially challenging to heal, making HBOT a promising therapy option for speeding healing.4

Normally, oxygen travels to your tissues through your circulation. However, if you’ve had an injury, your circulation is usually disrupted. Tendons and ligaments have a slow healing time because they don’t have the same level of circulation as other parts of the body, like muscles. It creates a problematic cycle. Your tissues need oxygen delivered by the blood vessels, but they don’t have sufficient blood vessels to give them the oxygen they need.  When torn or exposed, they often struggle to get the oxygen they need to repair.

But HBOT quickly delivers oxygen to the cells that need it. Instead of only relying on blood vessels to deliver oxygen, HBO therapy pushes more oxygen into the bloodstream with pressure. And this pressure feels no more intense than going down in a submarine.

HBOT promotes the processes needed to recover heavily used muscles

Heavy exercise remodels skeletal muscles. But overuse with intense training is leading to more soft tissue damage among athletes. Long-term muscle use requires extra oxygen.5

With HBOT therapy, both your blood and your tissues are supplemented with oxygen. This makes your muscles access the oxygen quicker. There’s no faster or more intense way to deliver so much oxygen to your cells. Studies support that HBOT accelerates your myogenesis (muscle tissue formation) in soft tissue muscle injury, like bruising.6

The process doesn’t take too long. Safe HBO sessions are about 2 hours long and in multiple therapy sessions. There’s no need to sleep full nights in a chamber, like some athletes do, to reap the benefits.

HBO decreases inflammation

After strenuous workouts, your body has an inflammatory response. This helps your muscles recover but gives you soreness. It’s also problematic if you need to perform soon after the previous workout. Too much swelling, or a constant state of swelling from frequent workouts, puts your cells at risk for damage.

The mechanisms aren’t well understood, but HBOT has been shown to reduce inflammation.6 It helps break the cycle of inflammation, which keeps cells from becoming oxygen-starved from the swelling. This can benefit virtually any kind of tissue. Whether it’s healthy tissue that just needs rejuvenation, or damaged tissue that needs multidisciplinary therapy, HBOT can benefit both!

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