THE world’s most successful sports stars will do anything to gain an advantage.

And that includes the latest craze – hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Brazilian superstar Neymar has shared pictures on social media using the treatment.

Novak Djokovic took a chamber on the back of a lorry to the US Open in 2019, while Cristiano Ronaldo shelled out £15,000 to have one installed at his Cheshire mansion back in January.

Other believers of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include LeBron James, Mohamed Salah and Michael Phelps.


The device works simply.

Sports stars breath in pure oxygen through a face mask that goes into their blood plasma.

During the treatment, the air pressure is increased two to three times higher than normal air pressure.

The oxygen-carrying blood then helps to fight bacteria and other unwanted hosts in the body by promoting healing.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also believed to assist in aiding and improving sports endurance and performance, enhancing energy levels, aiding recovery and expediting healing after injuries.

Famously, Ronaldo used a similar machine in 2016 after injuring his knee in the Euro 2016 final to speed up his return to club football.

Cited by THE SUN