Athletics

Effective Therapy for Sports Injury Recovery

Healthy Athletes + Peak Performance = Winning Teams.
Winning Teams = Increased Recognition and Revenues.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy…  The Winning Edge.

Hyperbaric Therapy USA is the answer for providing your athletic program with a winning edge – a quicker recovery and return to game for players who are sidelined by athletic injury.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been recognized by international clinicians, professional athletes and word class trainers as an adjunctive, safe, medical treatment to get athletes back into competition and playing at peak performance.

HBOT Accelerates and Aids Recovery From Injury

Oxygen is vital to the healing process. In acute athletic injuries such as sprains and strains for example, the injured area becomes swollen and inflamed. Swelling further interferes with circulating oxygen by constricting blood supply around the injured area, slowing down the healing process. Typically, only red blood cells have the ability to carry oxygen to injured parts. However, during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, oxygen molecules become soluble. This enables them to cross over all cell membranes and provides up to 20 times normal oxygen levels. The extra oxygen is dissolved into and readily transported by all body fluids, including plasma, intra and extra-cellular fluid, cerebrospinal, lymph, and synovial fluid.

The injured area is suddenly provided with several alternate routes for receiving oxygen, accelerating the athlete’s recovery. From muscle contusions to ankle sprains and bone fractures to concussions, Hyperbaric OxygenTherapy is the cutting edge treatment being used to aid athletes in getting back in the game.

HBOT is most effective when administered within 12 hours of injury.

Improve General Health and Physical Condition

Coaches and Trainers work hard to insure their athletes are in the greatest physical condition so they can be at the top of their game and avoid injury. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will provide your athlete with benefit to all body tissues and organs. Increased tissue oxygenation produces long-term therapeutic benefits which include forming new blood vessels (angiogenesis), fostering new cell growth (fibroblast formation) and aiding the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria and remove toxins (an increased immunologic response). HBOT also accelerates the dissipation of harmful lactic acid that is built up in muscles during exercise.

Whether in a normal or injured state, muscles, joints and organs receive significant benefits from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

How Does This Cutting Edge Treatment Work?

Your athlete will lie comfortably in a computerized, state-of-the-art, clear, acrylic Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber. The ambient pressure inside the chamber is gradually increased while the athlete breathes normally. During the treatment, which is referred to as a “dive”, a DVD on the exterior mounted flat screen television can be enjoyed or the time can be used to simply take a nap. During the compression and decompression phases of the treatment, pressure in the ears must be equalized by swallowing or yawning (similar to being in an airplane). A typical 90 minute treatment is supervised by a trained clinician or hyperbaric technician. The number of treatments is determined by a clinician based on the athlete’s diagnosis.

Unlike soft chambers which provide 35% oxygen and only achieve1.3 ATA, Hyperbaric Therapy USA utilizes state-of-the-art computerized chambers to insure your team member’s comfort and safety. Our chambers provide 100% oxygen and can achieve pressures up to 3 ATA.

HBOT is a safe, proven treatment. Individualized programs are created for each athlete.

Help Your Team...Accelerate Healing, Minimize Down Time from Injury and Get Back in the Game.

Hyperbaric Therapy USA will provide your team with an on-site Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment Center. Hyperbaric Therapy USA will obtain necessary equipment and permits, handle all local, state and federal regulations, and train your staff to operate the Treatment Center.

Concussion (MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY and SECOND IMPACT SYNDROME)

Concussions happen at all levels of athletics. An estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually in the U.S. and contact sports, such a football, produce the highest incidence. Current research is providing evidence that even mild, repeated concussions produce far reaching cumulative problems and can a have serious impact on an athlete’s health and future quality life. Neurologists have recently officially labeled this condition of repetitive concussion as “chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”

According to the NCAA Concussion Study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the likelihood of serious sequelae may increase with repeated head injury. For decades, professional football players have shaken off concussions, calling them “dings.” Repeated concussions over the course of time, have ended the professional careers of many well known sports figures, such as Troy Aikman and Steve Young. Many former NFL players are currently suffering with neurologic and psychiatric problems involving memory loss and depression that can be related to their previous head injuries acquired during sport (Concussions Tied to Depression in Ex-NFL Players).

International and U.S. studies have shown that HBOT prevents progression to chronic disability from repeated concussions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy dissolves oxygen into the cerebrospinal fluid (along with all body fluids) bathing the brain with up to twenty times the normal concentration. This reestablishes oxygen to tissues that have been compromised or have been receiving less than normal amounts of blood flow and thereby promotes healing.

Current news reflects the growing problem for athletes sustaining repetitive concussion:

Pro athletes donate brains for concussion study
Concussion and Head Injury in Athletes: Even Mild Head Injuries Can Have Serious Effects for Athletes (Concussion in athletes linked to serious depression later in life)
University of Virginia’s Neurogram: Athletes who sustain a concussion are three times more likely to sustain another concussion. Athletes are more prone to Alzheimer’s disease later in life if they sustain concussions.
Dangerous Games: Athletes At Risk for Injury: Concussions more prevalent….Bigger athletes equal bigger collision injuries Link
Second Impact Syndrome and Multiple Concussions for Athletes
ABC News: Concussions on the rise – Female athletes at increased risk
Sports Concussions: Don’t ignore the Dings
New York Times: Dark Days Follow Hard Hitting NFL Career
USA Today: NFL Disputes Doctor’s Diagnosis of “Footballers Dementia”

HBOT is Effective Against Staph Infections

  • Enhances antibiotic action
  • Inhibits Growth of Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Inhibits MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus)

Alarming reports describe the record number of team locker rooms and training facilities, currently fighting contamination and eruption of staph infections and, in some cases, MRSA infection (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) among players in professional and collegiate sports. (ABC News: Athletes Vulnerable to Dangerous Staph Infection) Staph infections not only take a player out of the game, but more seriously, give rise to life threatening illness. (American Academy of Dermatology: Research Shows Athletes Susceptible To Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections).

Although staph infections affect the community at large, sending more than 130,000 people to the hospital each year (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), athletes are especially susceptible. Infections hit sports teams with frequency because players often have open wounds coming from typical scrapes and cuts that occur during a game. A simple turf burn sustained by a player has the potential of becoming a staph infection. Being in close physical contact and spending time in locker rooms, weight training facilities and showers where warm, moist environments cause bacteria to thrive, create ample opportunity and favorable conditions for producing staph “outbreaks” among athletic teams.

Combined U.S. and international biological research provides laboratory evidence of HBOT’s effectiveness against staph and other bacteria (Hyperbaric hyperoxia suppresses growth of Staphylococcus aureus , including methicillin-resistant strains).

According to the New York Times, Experts Say Staph Is Common Problem for Athletes, the most recent high profile professional football players battling staph infections include, Kevin Winslow (Cleveland Browns), Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots). A 2005 survey by the N.F.L. Team Physician’s Society found that of the 30 teams that responded, 13 said a player had contracted a MRSA infection in recent years, for a total of 60 infections across the league.

The ongoing staph infection problem among sports teams is well documented in current news media:

NFL.com: Browns confirm Winslow had staph
Fanhouse: Kellen Winslow’s ‘Illness’ Was a Staph Infection, Claims Phil Savage Didn’t Care
Dover Times Reporter: It isn’t a secret any more. Kellen Winslow Jr.’s mystery illness traced to the dreaded “s” word.
CBC: Memphis forward Rudy Gay Staph infection
Waiting For Next Year: Another Staph Infection?
ESPN.com: GM: Browns dealing with ‘staph infection outbreak’
ABC News: Athletes Vulnerable to Dangerous Staph Infection
NBC News: Staph infections rising among athletes – Superbug finding its way into locker rooms, weight rooms
American Academy of Dermatology: Research Shows Athletes Susceptible To Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infections