Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Athletes
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is known to be an effective treatment for certain ailments, like decompression sickness and chronic, non-healing wounds. What’s less understood is the idea of enhancing sports performance with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In recent years, HBOT had been used successfully to help athletes address injuries, improve recovery, and increase mental and physical athletic output. Could HBOT be the secret for taking your athletic performance to the next level?
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Athletics
HBOT is a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment, in which a patient is placed in a pressurized chamber and supplemented with 100% pure oxygen. This increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and makes it available to injured tissues. This kind of therapy has four main benefits for athletes:
- It increases physical recovery. Case studies on hyperbaric oxygen therapy and athletic performance indicate that it contributes to faster healing from injuries, helps athletes recover from non-injury soreness, reduces the occurrence and reoccurrence of injuries, and breaks the cycle of inflammation often experienced by athletes.
- HBOT improves mental clarity. Improving an athlete’s cognitive performance is beneficial, because successfully participating in sports requires focus, attention, and intensity, as well as athleticism. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to improve attention, focus, and information processing speed. Athletes report feeling sharper, more focused, and better able to think and respond quickly.
- Athletes who undergo HBOT report better sleep. Injuries, stress, and pressure can make it difficult for athletes to get consistent, quality sleep. Since good sleep is important for restoring the body after a hard workout, therapy that improves sleep is a boon. HBOT helps improve sleep quality, not only for athletes, but for those who have experienced chronic insomnia or who are suffering from long COVID.
- HBOT helps athletes bounce back more quickly. A leading Sports Medicine Orthopedic Specialist in the Dallas Metroplex reports that athletes who add hyperbaric oxygen therapy to their recovery protocol following surgery and/or injury, heal 2/3rds faster than those that don’t include HBOT and are “back in the game” faster!
Trust the Experts in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Innovators in hyperbaric medicine, Baromedical Associates provides the most advanced and effective therapy available, offering expert services in a luxurious, private setting. Our certified, experienced technicians and multi-disciplinary physicians work to provide each individual with a treatment program designed to offer the best possible outcome. We are the “go to” hyperbaric experts for many of the professional athletes in the Dallas Metro area. At all of our state-of-the-art clinics, patients receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the world’s most advanced and spacious acrylic single person chambers. To find a location or learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and recovery for athletes, contact us through our website.