Sports and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Injuries caused by sports related activities are a substantial concern among players, coaches and parents alike. Inflammation and pain play primary roles with respect to recovery, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation and ameliorate pain.

HBOT can accelerate and enhance healing from surgeries and wounds. New evidence supports HBOT as a practical treatment to help moderate the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and enhance brain scan results. HBOT is often utilized by physicians and individuals to help reach a full recovery from high-impact insults to the body and is currently used by some of the U.S. Olympic Teams to treat sports-related injuries as a part of their official medical techniques and equipment.

Sports Injuries and Hyperbarics, Lethrbidge Alberta - Vibrant You HBOT has been shown in some studies to:

  • Accelerate Recovery from Sports Related Injuries
  • Reduce Inflammation & Pain faster Recovery from Surgeries
  • Amplify Recovery from Intensive Training
  • Enhance Performance
  • Improve Cognitive Functioning in Athletes with Multiple Concussions

Studies have demonstrated the benefits of HBOT
for sports-related injuries with the following:

  • Accelerates Recovery from Sports-Related Injuries: increases collagen production, reduces inflammation and pain, faster and better recovery from sprains tears and bone fractures, stimulates the creation of new blood vessels, enhances recovery from medial collateral ligament (MCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, decreases susceptibility towards reinjuring target areas, rapid recovery from concussions and head injuries, improves brain scan results.
  • Faster Recovery from Surgeries: accelerates and enhances healing, reduces inflammation for optimal pre-surgical conditions, reduces risk of infection, stimulates the creation of new stem cells, decreases hospital time.
  • Amplifies Recovery from Intensive Training: accelerates healing from muscle strain, improves blood flow, increases energy levels.
  • Enhances Performance: improves concentration, increases serotonin levels, accelerates jet lag recovery, decreases lactic acid.


For links to related studies in this area,
feel free to check out the following studies: 

The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in sports medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen as an adjuvant for athletes

Hyperbaric oxygen effects on sports injuries

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the adjunctive treatment of traumatic brain injury

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