Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used as a treatment option for sports injuries, particularly for injuries that involve soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles. David Beckham famously used HBOT during the World Cup to sped up the healing of his Metatarsal.
Many famous sports personalities have successfully used this treatment for similar reasons . HBOT involves the delivery of pure oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure, which helps to increase oxygen delivery to the affected tissues and promote healing.
In sports medicine, HBOT has been used to treat a variety of injuries, including:
Muscle strains and tears: HBOT can help to increase oxygen delivery to the affected muscle tissue, which can promote healing and reduce recovery time.
Tendinitis and tendinopathy: HBOT can help to increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to the affected tendon, which can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Fractures: HBOT can help to promote bone healing by increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the affected area.
Concussions and traumatic brain injuries: HBOT can help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the brain, which can help to promote healing and reduce symptoms.