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The most common decompression related problem in sports divers is
injury of the central nervous system, the risk of which is higher with
increasing number of bubbles.
Preventive measures to reduce the risk of decompression sickness include breathing oxygen and reducing decompression speed.
Following recent findings on rats, our research group from the
University of Split School of Medicine, and colleagues from Norway
published in Journal of Physiology a simple non-pharmacological
procedure for decreasing bubble formation.
In healthy divers we showed that a single bout of strenuous
exercise 24 hours before a simulated dive significantly reduced the
number of bubbles in the pulmonary artery compared to dives without
This finding may form the basis for a novel approach for preventing serious decompression sickness.
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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