Sports Injuries

Injury recovery

Oxygen Treatment may improve language, eye-contact, social interaction, irritability, or hyperactivity.


Oxygen Treatment has been used to find out if the expected time taken for a sports injury to heal can be reduced as measured against the estimate of a physiotherapist. On average across a variety of 20 common injuries and continuing with the usual physiotherapy, injuries healed 70% faster in conjunction with Oxygen Treatment.

J. Scott Delaney, MD; D. L. Montgomery, PhD How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Contribute to Treatment? THE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 29 - NO. 3 - MARCH 2001

Borromeo CN, Ryan JL, Marchetto PA, et al: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for acute ankle sprains. Am J Sports Med 1997;25(5):619-625 Nylander G, Lewis D, Nordstrom H, et al: Reduction of post-ischemic edema with hyperbaric oxygen. Plast Reconstr Surg1985;76(4):596-603

Case Study

A professional footballer in the top division in Scotland suffered a severe sprain of the left ankle. It was estimated by the club physiotherapist to require three weeks to heal. After four days and two oxygen treatments he was able to resume full training.

James P.B., Scott, B. Allen, M. W, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Sports Injuries, Physiotherapy, 1993; 79(8):571-572

“The most essential substance in the repair of any tissue is oxygen. The body cannot store oxygen in the way it can store other substances … Without sufficient oxygen the strength of the tissue repair is much weaker than normal”

Patient Information Leaflet prepared by Professor PB James in association with the University of Dundee.

WOLFSON HYPERBARIC MEDICINE UNIT, High Dosage Oxygen Treatment for Sports Injuries Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY.

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