Breathing oxygen under pressure increased pressure of more then 1 ATA is referred to as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This should be considered an important adjunctive therapy in the management of acute trauma, which is seen in sports injuries.
Trauma is a multi disciplinary medical problem as it could affect many different systems of the body. Trauma can be classified as either minor, such as contusions, subluxations, and ligament injuries or major, such as fractures, spinal injuries, severe contusions, crush injuries or compartment syndrome.
The benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for sports injuries include:
Reduction in swelling and pain
Prevention of hypoxia of the traumatized tissue
Speeding up of the healing of tissues, ligaments, and fractured bones
Reduction of scar tissue formation and damage
Helping to return an injured player to the game sooner