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Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect bones or soft tissue (ligaments, muscles, tendons).


Types of sports injuries:

  Minor soft tissue trauma


     Bruise (contusion) caused when blood collects at the site of the injury and discolors the skin


  Sprains: a partial or complete tear of a ligament


  Strain: a partial or complete tear of muscle


  Injury to tendon:


     Tendonitis: inflammation of a tendon

     Bursitis: inflammation of a fluid-filled sac that allows tendons to move easily over bones


Injury usually results from minor stresses that repeatedly aggravate the same part of the body.  These conditions often occur at the same time.


  Fractures: arm and leg bones are most susceptible to breaks; legs and feet are most susceptible to stress fractures


  Shin splints: characterized by soreness and slight swelling of the front, inside, and back of the lower leg, and by sharp pain that develops and intensifies while exercising


Hyperbaric oxygenation therapy (HBOT) for sports injuries:


  Reduces pain and swelling


  Prevents hypoxia of traumatized tissues


  Speeds healing of tissues, ligaments and bones


  Reduces scar tissue formation and damage


  Helps players return to activity sooner


Suggested treatment schedule:


Number of treatments is dependent upon level of injury and response to therapy. Treatments may be given daily; five days/week.  Doctor’s prescription needed.  Fractured bones typically heal 1/3 faster than without therapy.  Individual responses vary.

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