Whether amateur or professional, injured athletes all want to recover fatigued muscles faster and heal injuries sooner so they can get back to training. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an advanced, non-invasive treatment option that helps competitive athletes return to their full activity level sooner, with less risk of re-injury.
NexGen Hyperbaric applied best practices adapted from hospital treatment centers to building hyperbaric sports medicine programs, which are now treating thousands of athletes in top programs nationwide. We are becoming a leader in the community, and are proud to support elite athletes competing in world class events.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be a primary or adjunct therapy to enhance recovery from a wide range of common sports injuries, including:
The key healing properties of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are decreased inflammation, increased oxygen saturation, increased blood vessel, and new tissue growth. This means treatment can reduce painful inflammation and enhance tissue regeneration in an acute sports injury. Healing can happen more quickly and more thoroughly, getting you back to training sooner. And because injuries heal more completely, there is less risk of returning to action too soon and re-injuring the area.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is a challenge for every athlete when they’re training hard. It is caused by microscopic tears in the muscle tissue that happen naturally with strenuous use, and the inflammation that follows.
Our muscles generate lactic acid during intense activity when we’re asking our system to perform at such a high level there isn’t enough oxygen to fully fuel the energy burn. The lactic acid can build up in your body faster than you can burn it off, leaving you with residual discomfort after the training session is done.
It is well established that hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces inflammation. And studies now indicate that hyperbaric oxygen promotes the faster removal of lactic acid from muscle tissue. This means it can be an effective support for faster recovery from tough training sessions.
There has been a surge of research into the long-term effects of repetitive traumatic brain injury resulting from the constant impacts common in sports like football and hockey. High profile players like NFL legend Joe Namath and NHL star Daniel Carcillo are vocal advocates for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of the debilitating loss of function in retired professional athletes caused by Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
Research into HBOT as a treatment for restoring function even years after traumatic brain injuries occurred is showing immense promise.
Contact us today to learn more about how NexGen Hyperbaric can help support your performance.