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Clinical Use of a Hyperbaric Chamber as a Modality to Aid in Recovery

Hawkins, Jeremy R. PhD, ATC; Heumann, Kristin J. PhD, CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Journal: June 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 3 - p 31–34
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000235
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ABSTRACT THE USE OF HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS HAS BEEN TRIED BY VARIOUS ATHLETES. SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES AND PHYSICIANS HAVE REPORTED PHENOMENAL RESULTS WITH THEIR REGULAR USAGE. A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE PREVALENT USE OF THIS MODALITY HOWEVER. USING A HYPERBARIC CHAMBER TO TREAT DELAYED-ONSET MUSCLE SORENESS IN PARTICULAR HAS NOT BEEN SUBSTANTIATED. RESULTS ARE INCONCLUSIVE WITH RESPECT TO TREATING POSTCONCUSSION SYNDROME AND FATIGUE. ADDITIONAL DATA REGARDING THESE 2 TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED.

Department of Kinesiology, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado

Address correspondence to Dr. Jeremy R. Hawkins, PhD, ATC, jrhawkins@coloradomesa.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Jeremy R. Hawkinsis an Assistant Professor and the Athletic Training Program Director at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Kristin J. Heumannis an Assistant Professor at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado.

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