Hypoxic Blackout aka Shallow Water Blackout Reminders

Hypoxic Blackout aka Shallow Water Blackout Reminders

Please note that USA Swimming, the YMCA of the USA, and the American Red Cross have asked the swimming community to stop referring to “Hypoxic Blackout” as “Shallow Water Blackout”. “The use of this language in these cases is misleading since water depth is not a factor in the body’s response to hyperventilation and extended breath-holding.”   The following was shared through the Swim Coaches Idea Exchange Group on Facebook. It is a frighteningly scary story of hypoxic blackout from doing underwater training work at swim practice. At the root of the problem? A gross lack of awareness.   At the end of practice tonight, Kelly’s group at swim practice was directed to do an underwater no breath swim in the 50 M pool. The coach was a substitute coach. Kelly told the coach that it was dangerous to do and to tell the swimmers that they can come up for a breath if they need it. He didn’t. The swimmers did the 50 M underwater. The coach stayed at the end of the pool they started from. Kelly got out, put on her jacket and towel and almost headed to the lockerroom. She noticed that one of her teammates was not on deck. She had not surfaced. Kelly ripped off her jacket and towel, jumped into the pool and swam until she found her, FACE DOWN in 15 FT of water! Kelly pulled her to the surface. Her face was BLUE- SHE WAS NOT BREATHING!. Another swimmer helped Kelly get the girl out of the pool. Another 14 year old teammate, who JUST received her CPR certification, began CPR on...