Sports Injuries

In the last decade, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been promoted in scientific literature as a primary or complementary therapy for sports injuries. Every week, increasing numbers of elite sports stars are using HBOT to boost their endurance and accelerate their recovery from musculoskeletal injury, ligament and cartilage damage — even bone fractures.

Here at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre in Chelsea, London, we help patients from a wide range of sporting backgrounds, including professional footballers, jockeys, long-distance runners and performance athletes. Our clinic is frequented by well-known Chelsea and Arsenal players keen to recuperate from injuries and get back out on the pitch as quick as possible.

The power of oxygen for sports

The idea of using HBOT for sportspeople originates in scuba diving, where HBOT is used to improve the symptoms of decompression sickness or “the bends” after divers surface too quickly. Divers using HBOT also report that their joint pain and stiffness goes away and their concentration becomes sharper. They also report feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. HBOT is now the prescribed treatment for decompression sickness, and its effectiveness in the diving world has triggered the emergence of hyperbaric medicine in the competitive sports world.

With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at our clinic, you’re breathing in pure oxygen in a private, purpose-built brand new Hyperbaric chamber at 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure (most clinics operate a multi-person chamber and only up to 1.4-1.6 times sea-level atmospheric pressure) which increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood and allows your body to absorb 10-15 times more oxygen than normal. Here is a list of the ways in which this extra oxygen can promote fast healing for sports injuries:

arrow hyperbaric oxygen therapy   Oxygen is a vital component of healing, and with HBOT, extra oxygen is able to reach damaged tissues and areas where circulation may be diminished or blocked.
arrow hyperbaric oxygen therapy   Oxygen is a natural antiviral and antibiotic medicine, which means extra oxygen increases the white blood cells’ ability to kill infections.
arrow hyperbaric oxygen therapy   The delivery of extra oxygen helps reduce swelling and inflammation, because it promotes rapid growth of new blood vessels in affected areas; these new blood vessels are then available for healing and repair purposes.
arrow hyperbaric oxygen therapy   Increased oxygen levels trigger the release of stem cells from bone marrow. A recent study, published in The American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulation Physiology, reported that a typical course of hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the number of stem cells circulating in a patient’s body by 8 times. Stem cells are crucial to healing because they travel to affected areas and transform into new cells, enabling fast repair of damaged tissues.

Oxygen means more time on the pitch for footballers

The average career length for a professional footballer is only 8 years. This is why players want to minimise the time they spend off their feet. Furthermore, the high cost of players means football clubs are also keen to see them return to play as soon as possible.

By engaging with HBOT, footballers are cutting their recovery times in half — sometimes much more. David Beckham’s estimated recovery time after fracturing his foot was 7 weeks, but after a course of HBOT, Beckham returned to play after 3 weeks. Gillingham FC player Steve Wagstaff ruptured his Achilles tendon. His estimated recovery time was 12-16 weeks, but after 10 sessions of HBOT, he was back on the pitch in only 4 weeks.

HBOT boosts sporting performance

HBOT has become an invaluable resource for athletes, footballers, jockeys and rugby players, both professional and amateur. By promoting cell growth and regeneration, HBOT is known to improve both the short and long-term prognosis of a sports injury, as well as facilitate a quicker resumption to pre-injury activity levels.

But increased oxygenation has other health benefits, too. It boosts the body’s levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is, essentially, the body’s battery. In other words, extra oxygen boosts energy and promotes faster recovery from fatigue by “re-charging” you. HBOT is also known to increase your metabolism of fatigue-beating substances, as well as boost your immune system, promote detoxification and new capillary growth, and improve your neurological functioning.

Rob Pender, co-founder of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre, says:

Many eminent sports stars are openly using HBOT as a way for healing injuries and boosting their performance. Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid tore his hamstring and, despite a normal recovery time of 3-4 weeks, returned to play in 9 days because of HBOT. And after only 5 sessions of HBOT, endurance runner Ellan Laquaniello improved her performance by 35%.

Cristian Ronaldo in acion

The past decade has seen a rise in both the intensity of competitive sports and the frequency of injuries. This has led prominent sportspeople to search for alternative methods of boosting their endurance and injury recovery time, in order to stay fit and well and maximise their time spent out on the field. This is why they’re all turning to HBOT, now regarded as one of the most effective complementary therapies for sports injury recovery.


HBOT helps sports professionals recover

Just see what HBOT did for American football quaterback, Joe Nameth. Joe suffered concussion and decided to try hyperbaric therapy to restore his health. He started off with severely limited blood flow to the left temporal lobe of his brain. After just 40 HBOT sessions, he saw marked improvements in blood flow and cognitive functioning.

Hyperbaric expert Robert Pender says:

Here at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre, we encourage both amateur and professional sportspersons to try a course of Hyperbaric Therapy and be bowled over by the results

The number of hyperbaric sessions you need will depend on the nature and severity of your sports injury, which will be discussed during an initial consultation with in-house expert Robert Pender.

HBOT is a simple, pain-free and non-invasive remedy. To find out more about how our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can assist with sports injuries and sports health, contact us on 0203 823 1212 or, or book a consultation.

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