Elite sportspeople such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Novak Djokovic, Anthony Joshua and LeBron James have been known to use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in order to recover faster from their workouts and maintain their competitive edge.

They, along with millions of other athletes and health and wellness enthusiasts around the world, recognise the benefits of oxygen therapy. A “game-changer” in speeding up injury rehabilitation, boosting energy levels and increasing endurance levels

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is becoming increasingly popular and is used regularly by health conscious individuals, biohackers and athletes around the world to optimise their health, wellbeing and healing journeys.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: 

- Supercharges post-work out recovery
- Enhances the body's ability to create collagen to keep skin looking more youthful and healthier
- Reduces swelling and inflammation in the body 
- Decreases the by-products of inflammation and damaging free radicals by stimulating superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is the most powerful antioxidant and detoxification enzyme in our cells 
- Mobilises and stimulates stem cells

In a recent review, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has also been shown to work in conjunction with platelet rich plasma, stem cell injections, and other treatments for even greater healing potential for all types of sports-related injuries, including concussions.

For example, studies have shown that when HBOT is used “as an adjunctive therapy after primary repair of the injured ACL, [it] is likely to increase success” of recovery. Athletes recuperating from muscle-stretch injuries may also experience quicker results by using HBOT.

A 2014 study also found that HBOT can positively influence the effectiveness of stem cell therapy—a treatment that professional athletes also use to recover from injuries. Another study from 2015 demonstrated that pairing HBOT and blood platelet injection therapy with exercise rehabilitation actually decreased healing time specifically for rugby players, getting them back onto the field quicker.

To find out more about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can elevate your workout or sports performance get in touch with us today. 

Hayley Appleford