VitalityPro’s Hypoxia Research
This graph shows the 3 major trends of hypoxia from “breathholding” and “breath exhaustion” noted from VitalityPro’s collective research.
#1. Represents the classic model noted for years with a slow predictable pattern with plenty of time to recognize signs and symptoms and quick recovery (without worsening hypoxia) shortly after breathing resumes. Our red line extension of this #1 curve is from our research and represents a variant group of individuals who experience delayed hypoxia after resuming normal breathing and talking, etc
I wish our research showed that hypoxia is as simple and predictable as the classic black line of #1, but our research revealed that the majority of our participants followed the less predictable and more dangerous patterns of #2 and 3 with a delayed hypoxia even after normal breathing resumed. Note the red hypoxia lines of all 3 types.
We feel that the red lines of delayed hypoxia on this graph may explain a large sum of the mystery of shallow water syncope and its uneven distribution of victim’s at either end of pool.
Take home point: The swimmer is not necessarily safe when they are at the edge of the pool and talking to you. Actually this is when the most dangerous 50-60 secs of hypoxia can occur for swimmers who breathhold or over exert there breath.
1) Sit completely on pooldeck when finished or resting from laps.
Once a breath hold or out of breath swimmer gets to the edge of the pool that swimmer should get out of the pool sitting completely on the pool deck for the next 60 seconds. Parents, swim partners, lifeguards, swim coaches, pools and Aquatic organizations should integrate this information into their rules, guidelines and training. All Aquatic related personnel should not assume that the swimmer is okay just because they have come up and are breathing and talking to you. Once again, the next 60 secs could be when the swimmer stops talking and passes out, quietly drowns while no one is looking.
2) VitalityPro has shown that this hypoxia can be corrected, either partially or completely, through the Pulm-Max pulmonary training program.
Solution #2) should never replace or negate Solution #1)
Additionally, VitalityPro’s research revealed similar hypoxia in most high performing terrestrial athletes, too. Especially affected athletes were larger athletes of size regulated sports such as football and basketball. This hypoxic trend appears to account for a large role in the limitation of performance, limitation of time of play and injuries for such athletes. I.e. The lungs and pulmonary performance is the low lying fruit of most athletes.
The Pulm-Max pulmonary training once again has shown ability to improve and correct this in terrestrial athletes leading to improved performance capacity.
* Word of caution: Buying and using various breathing tools alone should not be confused to be or take the place of a true pulmonary training program.