Common Injuries while freediving and how to prevent it!

Freediving is considered one of the most thrilling water sports for adventure lovers. It is usually considered to be an extreme sport, it is the opposite for most divers. This sport is popular among anyone who loves to go into the water.

Divers simply follow a breathing technique, some even enter a trance-like state of mind as they relax and concentrate on their air while exploring the majestic underwater world. As Freedivers, you may be familiar with all the freediving standards but do you know about the different types of injuries.

Scroll below to know more about the freediving injuries and how to prevent them from happening.

Types of Injuries and Preventions :

Freediving, as in most sports, entails a chance of injury. However, the injuries do not appear at all comparable to those incurred in other sports, such as soccer, running, or hiking, where a fractured ankle or arm might be more prevalent.

On the other side, twisted ankles and broken bones are practically uncommon in freediving,

as our injuries typically contribute to the shift in pressure encountered by our bodies while diving.

  1. Lungs and Trachea Squeeze

These are some of the most extreme freediving accidents which typically occur when the Freediver dives too far, too soon, not allowing the body time to adjust to the strain. If so then, because of the pressure, the lungs or trachea may be damaged.

Typically this happens to more skilled or competitive free divers and may occur for a few reasons, but the most common reasons include - Not being suited to the depth well. When you dive deep, you have to be very careful not to dive too far, too quickly. Always get used to the depth you are comfortable at and never dive below 3 meters of the previous depth.

Preventive Measures:

  • Never exceed your limits. Always try to free dive in the depths you are comfortable with and do not exceed more than 3 meters of the depth you dived the last time.

  • Try to keep away from having muscle contractions at deep water levels. Although it is natural to have contractions at deeper levels we want these to be as predictable as possible. Undergo training for static breath holds.

  • Maintain a good movement inside the water, stay calm and relaxed.

  • Keep your head straight while at a depth, or this could result in a trachea-squeeze

2. Sinuses

Sinuses are tiny air-filled cavities that are present behind our cheekbones and the forehead. These areas are quite vulnerable to injuries while free diving, and hence have to be taken care of. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses. They fill healthy sinuses with air. Germs can develop and cause an infection if they are blocked and filled with fluids such as water in this case.

Preventive Measures:

  • If you are suffering from a cold, avoid going for a free dive.

  • In case, if you feel any type of pain in the sinus area, do not go further into the deep water.

  • Wash your sinuses with saline solution before going for freediving.

  • Don't use A.C before freediving.

3. Ears

The Ears are the most vulnerable to injuries while freediving, You know how miserable it can be if you've tried to go down below the surface without equalizing the ears. Your ears are unable to equalize the water's higher external pressure with the ears' lower inner pressure.

Preventive measures:

  • Whenever feeling uncomfortable, always equalize. It is recommended to not continue if you are feeling pain in the ears.

  • Try and equalize every meter while on the way down.

  • Never free dive with dry or sticky ears having mucus in the tubes.

These were some of the most common injuries that can occur while free diving. So free dive carefully and be safe!

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