Wounds, recovery times, and its long term effects from the sports participation on all levels is a real concern for players, coaches, and parents alike. A recent study of hockey players that were less than 16 years of age found that as many one-quarter of them sustained concussions during seasonal play. That could have lasting detrimental effects well into adulthood if not adequately treated.
The use of hyperbaric oxygen has been examined widely for the treatment of concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) even years after the injury took place. It was found that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can prompt neuroplasticity, which leads to the repair of chronically weakened brain functions and an improved quality of life in concussion patients with continued PCS in a late chronic stage. That means concussed patients no longer have to endure the ramifications of their injuries for the rest of their lives and can instead lead a better life than those who do not undergo this treatment.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen?
Hyperbaric Oxygen is a remedial alternative capable of transferring oxygen to tissues in the body that critically need it.
The science behind HBOT is the same idea as giving blood for hemorrhage or water for dehydration. Even in cases where blood flow is compromised or the standard delivery of oxygen is undermined to some degree by swelling, such as ligament damage and impact injuries, treatment with pressurized oxygen provides a solution. It is uniquely capable of reaching damaged tissue, which is critical to its healing.
Lack of oxygen and inflammation can impede the recovery of your injury. Swelling makes it more difficult for your body to deliver oxygen to injured tissues at a time when it needs oxygen the most. Hyperbaric oxygen has been shown to reduce swelling in the ankles, feet, or legs. This can increase circling stem cells and transport oxygen to tissues in critical need, which reduces rehabilitation times.
HBOT has been used in sports therapy for many years as a fundamental part of the recovery of athletes suffering from injuries. It can adequately treat an extensive range of injuries and promotes healing from fatigue. It is not surprising that HBOT is a favourite among pro sports and winter Olympic teams. All cells in the body require oxygen to create the energy needed to function well – is the essence of life.