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Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC Warns

Posted 21 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – As more adults and kids head to swimming pools, lakes and the ocean this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. health officials are warning about accidental drownings from underwater breath-holding games and exercises. Whether as horseplay or part of swim training, "dangerous underwater breath-holding behaviors" can lead to otherwise strong, healthy swimmers losing consciousness underwater and drowning, warns a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "When we think of people drowning, what usually comes to mind are people who don't know how to swim," said Dr. Peter Wernicki, medical advisor to the United States Lifesaving Association. "This is probably one of the most common ways that people who are relatively good swimmers die from drowning." Breath-holding contests are a common cause of this type of drowning, health officials said in the ... Read more

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