Recovery should be a part of every athlete’s training program. Athletes know they must take rest days to allow their bodies to recover after hard workouts. However, when it comes to improving athletic performance, recovery isn’t as simple as just sitting around and resting.
Athletes interested in optimizing their performance should look to avoid passive recovery and take advantage of active recovery therapies like HBOT. Think of HBOT like a fast-forward button for healing and recovery. Cristiano Ronaldo, perhaps the best soccer player ever, used HBOT to recover from a knee injury in a fraction of the time it took other athletes to get back on the pitch.
One study of 18 athletes from 2020 found that exercise in a normal environment caused a temporary inflammatory response and muscle damage, whereas HBOT treatment in the recovery phase had a positive impact on relieving inflammatory response and muscle damage after exercise.