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Why do athletes use hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Athletic Performance | Published: July 11th 2019, 09:59AM

Learn how HBOT can help athletes heal faster, recover quicker and perform better


Being injured is any athlete’s worst nightmare. What’s more, many athletes often re-injure themselves by trying to return to full activity without giving their body time to heal completely.

What you may not know is that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help athletes get back in the game quicker than ever—and it comes with other great health benefits too.

Keep reading to learn why many top athletes are turning to hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help them heal faster, recover quicker and perform better.



What are the benefits of HBOT for athletes?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by exposing the body to an atmosphere of 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber.

Giving your body increased levels of oxygen can help improve performance in many sports.


Today’s top athletes use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to:

  • Heal faster

HBOT supports faster wound healing by allowing oxygen to reach damaged or healing areas, stimulating new blood vessel growth and increasing blood flow. It can also elevate the body’s natural immune defenses and boost your supply of circulating stem cells.

  • Reduce swelling

HBOT can dramatically reduce post-surgical bruising, swelling and inflammation. It also stimulates increased collagen production to minimize the appearance of scars.

  • Reduce pain

In the event of surgery after an injury, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can reduce the need for post-procedure pain medication.

  • Enhance recovery

HBOT can speed up the body’s natural healing processes by increasing tissue oxygen levels in areas of injury or illness. After a workout, these increased oxygen levels can promote the production of ATP and the removal of lactic acid, which causes muscle fatigue.

  • Accelerate performance

As well as helping you heal quicker, increased levels of oxygen in your system mean an increase of oxygen to the brain. This can promote more efficient brain function and enhance your ability to make split-second decisions.


You can read more about the benefits in our research library.


HBOT and professional athletes

Did you know that Joe Namath, former American football quarterback and actor, credits hyperbaric oxygen therapy with his brain recovery?

While drinking was Namath’s main issue, he was also worried about brain trauma from playing football. He saw how some players suffered mentally from playing football and decided he would try hyperbaric oxygen therapy to prevent that from happening to him.

“I don’t know where I would be today without taking those [hyperbaric] dives because there is absolutely no doubt about the improvement,” Namath wrote.[1]

Over her career Erika Jordan, our Hyperbaric Director and Founder, has had the privilege of assisting in the treatment of many professional athletes. She’s administered hyperbaric oxygen therapy to NFL athletes, NHL athletes, professional polo players, PGA golfers, and more.


HBOT for athletes

Above: Erika with Luis Lora, Team USA Duathlete and USAT Level I Coach


If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of HBOT for athletes, feel free to contact our office. Our qualified team will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.


Ready to schedule an appointment? Call our office at (407) 530-0710 or get in touch on our contact page.



1: Jets Wire

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