Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Sports-Related TBI
January 21, 2012
For decades now, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used as an off-label treatment for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). More and more, private clinics are opening up to provide this therapy for those suffering from TBIs (both acute and chronic victims) and documenting success. Now, a recent article has been published showing two football players that were successfully treated for TBI. Both were documented with their improvements by functional brain imaging concomitantly with neurological examinations. Of important note, one player was suffering from symptoms of TBI for more than 10 years and still showed benefits from HBOT. With more professional athletes being diagnosed with concussions and putting their career at risk, the implications for timely hyperbaric therapy are enormous.