Shallow Water Blackout – Mayako

I chose this issue because recently there was an accident in ISB and an 11th grader drowned in the pool after a water polo training session. The cause is thought to be shallow water blackout. My connections to this issue is that I swim regularly and this can happen to you even if you are healthy and can swim. Researching about this told me the outcomes and prevention of the the blackout. This is important because it can happen to anyone that swims even if you are confident in your swimming. It relates to teenagers because a lot of teens want to push past their limit and want to try harder when swimming which may cause them to have a blackout.

Shallow water blackout happens when you are swimming and the oxygen levels in your brain get extremely low from holding your breath but you don’t feel like you need any air. At this point your brain doesn’t have enough oxygen to tell your body to breathe or to go up to the surface. Eventually, you have no more power, faint in the water and then drown. Although the main cause is not knowing how to swim, some are caused by kids or teenagers challenging their friend to a breath holding contest. Not wanting to lose they will push themselves past their limits. This can also happen when a teen wants to push themselves to be a faster swimmer and go over the top. Before I thought that this could only happen to people who couldn’t swim and was similar to drowning. However, now I know that it can happen to anybody. This made me realise that it is easy to get an injury even if you are perfectly healthy.


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