These days, people are more active than ever and involved in sports activities of all kinds. As the result and consequence, there is an increase of injuries and due to the demands that we put on our bodies.
The largest problem for athletes, especially advanced and professional athletes, is the loss of edge in competitions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help advanced athletes as well as beginners to be ready for any competition and or overall performance. HBOT applications are designed to increase healing and recovery for optimum performance.
Recover with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Minor cumulative accidents or basic wear and tear can evolve into chronic or severe pain sometimes leading up to surgeries and joint replacements. This can sometimes leave individuals giving up what they love doing. For these reasons, most athletes have chosen hyperbaric oxygen therapy for a quick recovery so they can continue to compete and to improve overall fitness. HBOT allows massive increase amounts of oxygen carried to tissues, which under normal conditions leads to increased density of capillaries. This process is called angiogenesis. This dense network of capillaries allows a supercharged oxygenation to the body’s system.
In the case of trauma and fractures, one of the most basic and essential elements needed to repair tissue is oxygen, which is a major factor in healing post-traumatic injuries. Studies show that fractures treated with HBOT recovery are four to five times faster. For ligaments that have ruptured, hyperbaric oxygen has lead to shortening the recovery time, and some cases, recovery is reduced in half of the normal time. The best way to increase the effectiveness of this therapy to those traumatic ligaments injuries, individuals must receive treatments as soon as possible after the injury.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps athletes to recover faster in accidents involving strains, sprains, leading to fluid accumulation in the connective tissue. This natural reaction of the body compress vessels and restricts the natural flow of vital oxygen, oxygen that leads plasma and red blood cells to the injury site. In this way, the tissues surrounding the lesion site no longer receive oxygen, which prevents healing. HBOT saturates plasma and hemoglobin with oxygen. Red blood cells become more malleable and increase their ability to penetrate these blocked vessels. Oxygen helps cells to heal and the body to defend itself. Recovery time is significantly reduced. The pressured chamber decrease swelling and increases blood flow in the affected areas.
Improve Endurance & Eliminate Fatigue
Oxygen is essential to all of us, not just athletes because it facilitates the production of glycogen, one of the primary sources of energy for the muscles. HBOT can improve endurance and eliminates fatigue.
During physical training, the glucose molecule splits into two molecules of pyruvic acid. One of the molecules enter the muscle cells, which in combination with oxygen, produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP – adenosine triphosphate) – the muscle power supply. When there is not enough oxygen to create ATP, pyruvic acid turns into lactic acid, which dissolves in the blood and is being removed gradually. But during intense exercise, it is collected in the muscles, causing fatigue.
HBOT saturates the body, giving the needed oxygen to produce ATP and removes lactic acid, which causes fatigue. The higher amount of oxygen helps to increase performance and recover faster after exercise also improving brain functions that could make a difference in the outcome of the competition.