How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Sports Recovery.

Written By
Jess Osbaldiston
Pure O2 Health Therapist.

1st March 2018

Are you serious about your chosen sport?

Do you find allowing the necessary time to heal from injury frustrating?

Do you want to be able to train harder and longer with minimal recovery time required?

Often athletes will re-injure themselves or make their injury worse by trying to return to their chosen sport too early, without allowing enough time for the injury to heal completely. Sports injuries have a natural recovery process involving three phases; the inflammation phase, the proliferative phase, and the remodelling phase and, not surprisingly, OXYGEN has an important role in each step, and when used in conjunction with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), helps athletes recover from sports related injuries quickly and safely.

In the inflammatory phase the extra oxygen works to reduce the inflammation and subsequently
reduces the sharp pain around the wound area.

In the proliferative phase the oxygen supply to the injured area is gradually raised and is essential for the synthesis of the new tissue and extracellular matrix to support the tissue repair.

In the remodelling phase the rapidly laid down tissue is slowly altered using the oxygen supply to more closely mimic surrounding, mature tissue.

When we use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to assist in this repair process we are SATURATING the entire body with oxygen, pushing it into all the tissues in the injured area, drastically speeding up the healing process, allowing you to return to your chosen sport quickly. Studies have found that HBOT shows promising results as both a primary and adjunct treatment helping athletes to return to competition faster with a low risk of re-injury.

Not only does HBOT aid in a speedy recovery from injury, it also helps to combat muscle fatigue by removing the lactic acid and ammonia quickly to allow for faster recovery times so you can train harder and longer.

During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano an experiment was conducted on seven olympic athletes in which they received HBOT treatment for 30-40 minutes at 1.3 ATA with a maximum of six treatments per athlete. It was found that ALL athletes benefitted from the HBOT treatment presenting faster recovery rates.

More recently top athletes like Michael Phelps, olympic swimmer, and Novak Djokovic, champion tennis player, have been well documented as using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to recover from hard training sessions when preparing for competitions.

If you would like to learn more about how HBOT can help you with injury recovery or to train smarter, contact our clinic on 07 578 7200.