Due to the increase in sports related injuries, it is important to find ways to help reduce the healing time and get athletes back into season.
HBO is remarkably free of untoward side effects. Complications such as oxygen toxicity, middle ear barotrauma and confinement anxiety are well controlled with appropriate pre-exposure orientations.
HBO has the effect of diminishing tissue damage, which improves microcirculation.
The healing of a sports injury has its natural recovery and follows a fairly constant pattern irrespective of the underlying cause. The three phases are: the inflammatory phase, the proliferative phase and the remodeling phase. Oxygen has an important role in each of these phases.
Olympic athletes used HBOT and benefitted from faster healing time.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has become increasingly popular among elite athletes and most recently among the general public as a modality to improve fatigue, enhance overall health and well-being, heal sports-related injuries, and promote anti-aging.
This study tested 15 young healthy volunteers to see their improvement with the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The testing found that mild-pressure hyperbaric therapy reduces oxidative stress as indicated by a significant decrease in serum ROM, and also helps improve fatigue as seen by a significant decrease in VAS fatigue scores.