Sports and hyperbaric oxygenation go hand in hand in many ways. Its applications are obvious: recovery from injuries, overtraining, improvements in performance. Hyperbaric oxygen is increasingly a perfect complement for athletes.

Support for the paratriathlete and open-water swimmer Javier Mérida

Hyperbaric Medical Center has collaborated with the athlete Javier Mérida in his last challenge, already achieved, since March 3, 2017. Javier complemented his training sessions in our hyperbaric chamber of which he speaks in this video.

We are proud of him and delighted to see the application of hyperbaric medicine in sports.

Golf and hyperbaric medicine

The main objectives of sports medicine are the following:

Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of those injuries or conditions arising from exercise on the human organism.
Treatment of rehabilitation of traumatic injuries suffered by athletes.
Physical preparation of the athlete to obtain maximum performance.

In the physical preparation of golf, it is necessary to compensate for the imbalances and protect the spine to avoid injuries. In golf practice the following elements intervene:

Dolls and forearms, which suffer great tensions in the beating and braking by the weight of the club.
It is the most involved joint, especially in the braking of the swing.
Thoracic musculature, which should stabilize the spine by hitting and stopping rotation by rotation.
Adequate foot support, which provides stability and balance, since its lack of control will generate a poor knock.
Hyperbaric oxygen would be indicated in the overtraining syndrome, in the treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries, in the postoperative period of joint and muscle injuries and also in the physical preparation of the athlete.

Overtraining is manifested by asthenia, easy fatigue, weight loss, insomnia, dizziness during exercise, late recovery after exercise, and changes in pulse rate and blood pressure. All these symptoms occur in the late phases of training. Oxygen therapy resolves those disorders that have an ischemic nature, without interrupting the physical workload of the training.

Regarding the treatment of traumatic injuries, the use of HBO should be initiated early, thus reducing edema and pain in the acute stage, accelerating recovery and returning to active training and improving the consolidation of fractures and soft tissue injuries.