Pro Athletes Use Hyperbaric Chamber for Sports Injury

Injuries don't choose the sport, but the athlete just may have a hand in choosing the sports injury. That's because some sports injuries are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm-up and stretching.

NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo – 3 time NFL Pro Bowler, currently a free agent uses Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (take a dive) to feel good.

The term "sports injury," in the broadest sense, refers to the kinds of injuries that commonly occur during sports or exercise. The term is typically reserved for injuries that involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, and associated tissues like cartilage.

When injury occurs – your body goes to work to repair the damage. Chemicals are released from damaged cells, triggering a process called inflammation. Blood vessels at the injury site become dilated; blood flow increases to carry nutrients to the site of tissue damage.

Hours after injury – White blood cells (leukocytes) travel down the bloodstream to the injury site where they begin to tear down and remove damaged tissue, allowing other specialized cells to start developing scar tissue.

Days after injury – Scar tissue is formed on the skin or inside the body. The amount of scarring may be proportional to the amount of swelling, inflammation, or bleeding within. In the next few weeks, the damaged area will regain a great deal of strength as scar tissue continues to form.

Month after injury – Scar tissue may start to shrink, bringing damaged, torn, or separated tissues back together. However, it may be several months or more before the injury is completely healed.

There are countless pro athletes who go for hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat and speed recovery from sports injuries. Some athletes are more vocal about their regimen; Brendon Ayanbadejo (NFL), Dwight Freeney (NFL), Josh Hamilton (MLB), Tommie Harris (NFL), Rashad Jennings (NFL), Jayson Jones (Olympian), Juan Manuel Marquez (BOXING), Terrell Owens (NFL), Michael Phelps (Olympian), Tiger Woods (PGA)

What are injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise?

Sprain - stretch or tear of a ligament
Strain - twist, pull, or tear of a muscle or tendon
Shin Splints - pain along the tibia or shin bone
Achilles Tendon - stretch, tear, or irritation
Fractures - break in the bone
Dislocations - two bones that come together to form a joint become separated

Even though the human body has it's own very sophisticated healing process, many athletes turn to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatments as part of rehabilition to decreases swelling and inflammation and recover from sports injury faster. This oxygen-enhancing technology has been around for decades, originally popularized by deep-sea divers needing to avoid 'the bends' (a condition arising from dissolved gases coming out of solution into bubbles inside the body on depressurisation) The Hyperbaric chamber's primary function is to increase the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream - increased pressure forces more oxygen into the blood.

To schedule your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy consultation or to begin treatments call Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center 972 312 9310

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Sports Injuries


Let's face it, the sports industry is growing at a phenomenal pace. Even entertainment megastars such as rapper Jay-Z created the sports agency RocNation, which is further testament to the growing sports industry. According to Forbes, the sports industry is projected to grow $145.3 billion between 2010-2015. The sports industry is flourishing with opportunities in all areas.

Now let's put the money and fame aside for a minute to remember that it takes healthy players to compete successfully on the court and field. All the bling and bright lights come with an extreme amount of competitiveness and a ever–growing number of sports related injuries – occasional bumps and bruises that occur when kids play sports are expected, but did you know in 2012 more than 1.35 million children had a sports–related injury severe enough to send them looking for medical attention?

Athletes at all levels look for ways to decrease the healing time for the most common sports injuries (strains and sprains/stretching ligaments), to give themselves a competitive edge and to get back in the game as quick as possible. Nearly all professional athletic teams, including hockey (NHL), football (NFL), basketball (NBA) and soccer (MLS), utilise and rely on the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for numerous sports-related injuries.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. Therefore, oxygen naturally plays a crucial role in recovery from injury and physiological fatigue.

Lower–extremity injuries have become increasingly common as sports performance demands have risen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one method used to return athletes to competition as quickly as possible.

A therapy session could last from one to two hours, however the doctors at Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center will monitor your Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy unit throughout your treatment. Children who require Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy treatment can receive it simultaneously with an adult.

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure is approximately two to three times normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears – similar to what you might feel in an airplane during takeoff, landing or at high elevations which is normally relieved by yawning. You may feel lightheaded immediately after treatment. Typically, this feeling goes away within a few minutes and doesn't limit your normal routine.

Effective hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires more than one session. Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center will determine the number of sessions you require which depends on your specific medical condition.

All hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatmenats by Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center are performed as an outpatient procedure.

To schedule your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy consultation or to begin treatments call Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center 972 312 9310

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The best Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

Samir Patel, President, CEO - OxyHealth LLC dispels the fear of Hyperbaric Chambers with the highest quality control process and design. Using reinforced materials and testing to destruction and a perfect safety record. Patel says, "everyone must be safety conscious." At Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center our patients will experience the safest hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments in the industry - above and beyond what the FDA or any regulatory agency requires and we're very proud that we have the first Vitaeris 320 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Chamber in Plano, Texas.

What are the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Decrease ligament and tissue healing time
Treat traumatic and ischemic brain injuries
Decreases swelling and inflammation
Boost immune system function
Improves alertness, reflexes, and memory

HBOT treatments boost the supply of oxygen levels - increasing the volume of oxygen dissolved in the blood. Oxygen is one of the most important elements required to sustain life. A lack of of oxygen leads to unhealthy or weak cells due to improper metabolism lose their natural immunity and are thus susceptible to viruses and lead the way to all kinds of serious health problems.

To schedule your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy consultation or to begin treatments call Willow Bend Sports & Spine Center 972 312 9310

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