Injuries caused by sports-related activities are a substantial concern among players, coaches and parents alike. As inflammation and pain play primary roles with respect to recovery, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation and ameliorate pain. Additionally, HBOT can promote fibroblast/collagen activity to accelerate and enhance healing from surgeries and wounds. New evidence supports HBOT as an adjunct and practical treatment to help moderate the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and enhance SPECT imaging 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 part of their official medical techniques and equipment. Studies have demonstrated the benefits of HBOT for sports-related injuries with the following:
Accelerate Recovery from Sports-Related Injuries with HBOT:Increases Collagen ProductionReduces Inflammation and PainFaster and Better Recovery from Sprains, Tears and Bone FracturesEnhances Recovery from Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) InjuriesDecreases Susceptibility Towards Reinjuring Target AreasRapid Recovery from Concussions and Head InjuriesImproves SPECT Imaging ResultsStimulates Stem Cell Proliferation
Faster Recovery From Injuries with HBOT:Increases Fibroblast ActivationReduces Inflammation for Optimal Pre-Op ConditionsReduces Risk of InfectionDecreases Hospital Time
Amplify Recovery From Intensive Training with HBOT:Accelerates Healing from Acute Muscle StrainImproves Blood FlowIncreases Energy
Study: NF Athlete Improves Cognitive Functioning with HBOTIn 2011, a case report was published involving an NFL player who suffered multiple concussions. This subsequently led to the development of hydrocephalus, which required emergency shunt brain surgery. The star athlete continued playing and won the Super Bowl, only for his shunt to fail, which led to additional emergency back-to-back surgeries. Following his surgeries, he received 40, one hour treatments of HBOT. After the treatment protocol, he was independently assessed with neurocognitive evaluations and SPECT brain imaging by the Amen Clinic in California. Marked improvement in 5 out of 6 indices on the microCog assessment for cognitive functioning (a computerized assessment sequence designed to detect early signs of cognitive impairment) was confirmed, in addition to drastic enhancements with respect to SPECT imaging.