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Sports & Hyperbarics

Due to their frequency and serious nature, many athletes and coaches are looking for new ways to treat and heal sports-related injuries. Many of these injuries, in large part, are characterized by inflammation and pain, which consequently are two issues that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to reduce. HBOT stimulates the genesis of new skin, bone, and blood vessels, which accelerates healing after injuries or surgery. Many athletes use HBOT for post-workout recovery because it lessens the feeling of fatigue as well as reduces the lactic acid that builds up from the workout. Overall, the injuries or physical strain received as a result of training or accidents are easily treated with the addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Another important find is the impact HBOT has on brain trauma. Due to the physical nature of sports, concussions, and TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) are an ever-present risk to athletes. Brain trauma often involves brain cell damage caused either by the physical trauma itself, edema (swelling) or hypoxia (low oxygen). Many HBOT studies have reported improvement in TBI and concussion symptoms, with treatment occurring days, months, or even years post-concussion. When HBOT is administered, new blood vessels and brain cells are created, which halts apoptosis as well as healing the brain. Subjects in these studies reported improved cognition, memory, and quality of life

Enhance Performance
  • Improves Concentration
  • Increases Serotonin Levels
  • Accelerates Jet Lag Recovery
  • Increase in Quality of Life
  • Improves Memory
Amplify Recovery from Intensive Training
  • Accelerates Healing from Acute Muscle Strain
  • Improves Blood Flow
  • Proliferates the Production of ATP
  • Reduced post training fatigue
  • Decreases Lactic Acid
Faster Recovery from Surgeries
  • Increases Fibroblast Activation
  • Reduces Inflammation for Optimal Pre-Op Conditions
  • Reduces Risk of Infection
  • Stimulates Stem Cell Proliferation
  • Decreases Hospital Time
Accelerate Recovery from Sports-related Infuries
  • Increases Collagen Production
  • Reduces Inflammation & Pain
  • Faster & Better Recovery from Sprains, Tears & Bone Fractures
  • Stimulates Blood Vessel Growth for Improvement of Blood Flow
  • Enhances Recovery from Medial Collateral Ligament & Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
  • Decreases Susceptibility Towards Reinjuring Target Areas
  • Rapid Recovery from Concussions & Head Injuries
  • Improves SPECT Imaging Results

In 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 single-photon emission computed tomography (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 substantial enhancements with respect to SPECT imaging.


  1. Kenneth P Stoller(2011) Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating sports related TBI/CTE. MedicalGas Research 2011, 1:17
  2. International Hyperbaric Association. (2014). Sports & Hyperbarics. Retrieved from
  3. Chen, C. Y., Chou, W. Y., Ko, J. Y., Lee, M. S., & Wu, R. W. (2019). Early Recovery of Exercise-Related Muscular Injury by HBOT. BioMed research international, 2019, 6289380. doi:10.1155/2019/6289380

These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. All of the statements made on this document are not anecdotal and have been taken directly from clinical data.