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