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Sports (Strains/Sprains) + Hyperbarics

Sport and exercise related injuries, including strains and sprains, remain a major concern for many, many people.


As we know that things such as pain and inflammation play a primary role in relation to recovery from such injuries, recent research has demonstrated that HBOT may significantly reduce inflammation and improve pain levels. According to the International Hyperbarics Association, additionally, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help to promote fibroblast and collagen production, which can help to accelerate and enhance healing from surgery and/or the wounds themselves.




The International Hyperbarics Association lists these as demonstrated benefits of HBOT for athletic injuries:


Accelerate Recovery From Sports-Related Injuries With HBOT:

  • Increases collagen production

  • Reduces inflammation & pain

  • Faster and better recovery from sprains, tears, and bone fractures

  • Stimulates angiogenesis

  • Enhances recovery from MCL/ACL injuries

  • Decreases susceptibility towards reinjuring target areas

  • Rapid recovery from concussions and head injuries

  • Improves SPECT imaging results

Faster Recovery Form Surgeries With HBOT:

  • Increases fibroblast activation

  • Reduces inflammation for optimal pre-op conditions

  • Reduces risk of infection

  • Stimulates stem cell proliferation

  • Decreases hospital time

Amplify Recovery From Intensive Training With HBOT:

  • Accelerates healing from acute muscle strain

  • Improves blood flow

  • Proliferates the production of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP)

Curious to learn more? Find the most recent research here!


You can also watch this video from Dr. Jason Sonners regarding utilizing HBOT for inflammation, which can play a key role in sports injury pain and recovery:


References:


International Hyperbarics Association. (2019). Sports & Hyperbarics [Brochure]. International Hyperbarics Association.

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