n International SportMed Journal - The effects of hyperbaric oxygen on recovery of eccentric muscle injuries in athletes : review article

Volume 5, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1528-3356



Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves intermittent inspiration of 100% oxygen at elevated ambient pressures, not exceeding 3.0 ATA. HBOT is approved for the treatment of many illnesses, and has been demonstrated to influence a wide range of physiological functions. Based on the assumption that HBOT may enhance the healing rate of connective tissue damage and reduce oedema formation induced by physical training, especially high-resistance training, several studies have investigated the effect of HBOT on recovery from eccentric muscle injury. The consensus among the controlled studies conducted to examine the efficiency of HBOT in the recovery from eccentric muscle injuries, is that there is no apparent effect. It is concluded that the practice of enhancing the rate of recovery by scheduling athletes for regular HBOT sessions is not warranted.

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