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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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