Hypothermia Is a Significant Medical Risk of Mass Participation Long-Distance Open Water Swimming

D. Brannigan, Ian Rogers, Ian Jacobs, A. Montgomery, A. Williams, N. Khangure

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Abstract

ObjectiveTo document the prevalence of hypothermia in a mass participation endurance open water swimming event and to determine demographic and individual factors that may predict failure to finish the race and hypothermia.MethodsA prospective observational study in competitors in a 19.2-km open water swimming race in Perth, Western Australia. Pre-race information collected included age, sex, training and race experience, medical history, and body mass index (BMI). Body temperatures at 5 minutes postrace were measured using an equilibrated oral- or rectal-reading low-range glass mercury thermometer. Logistic regression was used to develop models predicting hypothermia (defined as a temperature of
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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