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Sports Injuries

 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and its role in Sports Medicine

In recent years, professional and college teams have started using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat sports injuries. From muscle contusions and ankle sprains to delayed-onset muscle Soreness, HBOT has been used to facilitate soft-tissue healing. To minimize the time between injury And HBOT treatment, some professional sports teams have on-site centers. Because of the Importance of oxygen in the aerobic energy system, many athletes and researchers has also investigated the possible ergogenic effects of HBOT. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) is used in a sports medicine setting to reduce hypoxia and edema and appears to be particularly effective for treating crush injuries and acute traumatic peripheral ischemias. When used clinically, HBOT should be considered as an adjunctive therapy as soon as possible after injury diagnosis. During HBOT treatment, a patient breathes 100% oxygen at pressures above 1.0 atmosphere absolute (ATA).