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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bagging It, Mitigating The Afterdrop After Cold Water Swims

Courtesy of Nuala Moore.

Dr. Patrick Buck and ice swimmer Nuala Moore discuss the effects of afterdrop and the usefulness of a Blizzard Survival Bag after a cold water workout.

Moore explains, "As [ice] swimmers, we all suffer after drop, particularly when we are exposed to cold environments post-swim. After Drop is a consequence of the cold peripheral blood and the warm core blood mixing as it re-circulates through the cold surface tissues and internally as a person rewarms. This occurs after a swimmer leaves the water and is an often overlooked factor of the support team. This oversight can - and does - result in death. The primary way of mitigating against After Drop is applying the correct rewarming techniques and allowing sufficient time for the swimmer to regain a normal core body temperature.

The time we take to manage ourselves and the effort our team takes to reheat us can be the difference between a positive and negative outcome. I picked up a Blizzard Survival Bag at the World Extreme Medicine conference. I am impressed with the recovery times using the bags especially facing a cold wind

For more information on the Blizzard Survival Bag, visit here.

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