Hyperbaric Chamber Helps Novak Djokovic Boost His Fitness


Novak Djokovic, the winner of the Doha Title (the recent one), has opened up about the benefits he has received several times from hyperbaric therapy. Hyperbaric chambers stimulate high attitude and can compress the muscles during the rhythmic intervals. Since the 2010 U.S. Open, Djokovic was trying to improve his fitness. And he had taken the help of hyperbaric chamber to better his fitness.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the Tennis player praised Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). The player further added that it is not only good for athletes, but for all. Seeing your favorite Tennis icon, if you also want to know more about the therapy, here is the detail for you.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: a brief introduction

HBOT or Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be regarded as a treatment for several medical conditions including non-healing wounds. Through this therapy, 100% pure oxygen is provided to a patient in a pressurized chamber, known as the hyperbaric chamber. It helps to improve the blood circulation as well. Generally, the air we inhale includes 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, and 1 percent noble gas and carbon dioxide. The atmospheric pressure determines the concentration of these gases. Often medical practices ignore the several variations that can be found in this pressure.

A hyperbaric chamber lets the air around your body to be increased. The method is nothing new in the medical science and now it has gained popularity as a proven therapy. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) states that hyperbaric therapy can treat the following problems:

  • Air and gas embolism

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Gas gangrene

  • Crush injury

  • Decompression sickness

  • Arterial insufficiencies

  • Exceptional blood loss

  • Intracranial abscess

  • Soft tissue Osteomyelitis

  • Radiation injury

  • Skin grafts and flaps

  • Thermal burn injury

Apart from these, HBOT is claimed to be effective for stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), cardiac problems, migraine, and autism. The treatment has been appreciated by many athletes. Djokovic is one of them, of course. When he was in Melbourne in the year 2012, he started hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In this context, he said, “I think it really helps – not with muscle but more with recovery after an exhausting set”. He further went on, “It’s like a spaceship. It’s very interesting technology. Any injury is frustrating for an athlete. Hyperbaric therapy helps to recover injuries quickly.

A Final Thought:

Players belonging to different kinds of sports have greatly appreciated hyperbaric chamber. FDA ‘s approval has also strengthened the claim that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is really effective for certain symptoms.

Do you want to follow your Tennis love Djokovic and want to try hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Then, first of all, consult your physician to determine whether you can take it or not. If yes, choose a reliable and high-quality hyperbaric chamber.

Chloe Paltrow
Chloe Paltrow, a medical assistant. She has shared her knowledge in various websites and blogs like PsychCentral, Collective Evolution and Pick The Brain. Currently, she is studying how brain injury and brain disorders can be treated with hyperbaric chambers.