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:
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or book a consultation.
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