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ROSARIO BARONE

Heat Stroke Risk for Open-Water Swimmers During Long-Distance Events

  • Authors: Macaluso, F.; Barone, R.; Isaacs, A.; Farina, F.; Morici, G.; DI FELICE, V.
  • Publication year: 2013
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)

Abstract

Open-water swimming is a rapidly growing sport discipline worldwide, and clinical problems associated with long-distance swimming are now better recognized and managed more effectively. The most prevalent medical risk associated with an open-water swimming event is hypothermia; therefore, the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA) has instituted 2 rules to reduce this occurrence related to the minimum water temperature and the time taken to complete the race. Another medical risk that is relevant to open-water swimmers is heat stroke, a condition that can easily go unnoticed. The purpose of this review is to shed light on this physiological phenomenon by examining the physiological response of swimmers during long-distance events, to define a maximum water temperature limit for competitions. We conclude that competing in water temperatures exceeding 331C should be avoided

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