References and Resources
Hypoxia – A
state of the body where oxygen levels are reduced to the
point of causing signs and symptoms in the body. In freediving,
is one of the causes of divers losing consciousness. Hypoxia
affects all systems of the body, but shows the most profound
reaction in the brain. By nature, freedivers risk hypoxia
because they are holding their breath while they freedive. Experienced
freedivers are able to tolerate remarkable levels of hypoxia.
Safety is paramount whenever the risk of hypoxia is elevated.
Mammalian Diving Reflex – A reflex of all mammals that
causes changes in the body’s physiology when breath hold