The Unfair Advantage
Most athletes, whether professionals or amateurs/hobbyists, inevitably experience fatigue, inflammation, slow recovery, and injuries. Exercise comes with aches and pains due to lactic acid build-up in muscles and strain on tissues from repetitive movements. While regular exercise is very important for maintaining good health, consistent rigorous exercise with little recovery or rest between workouts can deplete energy resources and immunity, making it difficult to heal injuries and fight off infections. If left untreated, inflammation and pain from minor strains can quickly become major problems. Major traumas from high impact sports, such as head injuries or broken bones, can be severe enough to end an athlete’s career forever.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used in professional training facilities all over the world to help athletes recover quickly from strenuous workouts and injuries. They also use the therapy as a preventative modality for injuries and inflammation. Dr. Dan Rossignol, MD has studied hyperbarics’ ability to lower systemic inflammation and has compared 1 hour of treatment to taking 12,000mg of Motrin without the toxic side effects. HBOT can increase circulation and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, which may provide extra fuel to overworked lungs and muscles. Hyperbaric therapy has also been shown to slow down and reverse inflammation and damage to injured tissues, including the brain, making it a great addition to concussion protocols. Athletes who use hyperbarics have reported faster recovery time of sore muscles, as well as increased mobility, strength and stamina.