HAVE YOU HEARD OF HYPOXIC BLACKOUT?
DID YOU KNOW...
- Hypoxic Blackout is a condition in which the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply.
- Hypoxic Blackout is the result of a person who engages in activities such as hyperventilation preceding underwater swimming and extended breath-holding in the water.
- Hypoxic Blackout happens very quickly and usually without warning when a swimmer engages in these dangerous activities.
TRAIN (SAFELY) LIKE A CHAMPION!
Strong, fast underwaters and a steady breathing pattern are both essential for competitive swimming success.
There are plenty of safe ways for swimmers to improve both. But there are also some training activities that are dangerous, even deadly. Without adequate oxygen, swimmers can suffer Hypoxic Blackout.
- Never hyperventilate then practice underwater kicking.
- Do not participate in underwater swimming or kicking contests.
- Do not participate in swims or underwater kicking exercises in which breathing is not allowed.
Work with your coach to incorporate safe training practices that will improve your speed and power without putting you at risk for Hypoxic Blackout.
ENJOY THE WATER SAFELY
Having a good time swimming or playing in the pool is something we all enjoy. However, enjoying the water means being safe in the water, too. Some activities may seem like a game or training but can be dangerous. Breath-holding contests, underwater swimming challenges and hyperventilating before swimming are potentially deadly activities, even when performed for competitive or military training.
Be smart and do not engage in, or let your family members participate in such activities. Being confident and comfortable underwater is an essential aquatic skill. Being educated and participating only in safe breathing practices is an essential life skill.
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Link to the USA Swimming Hypoxic Blackout Video