Cold Water Immersion
‘Acute Anxiety Predicts Components of the Cold Shock Response on Cold Water Immersion: Toward an Integrated Psychophysiological Model of Acute Cold Water Survival’ (2017) Barwood et al.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death globally.
Sudden cooling of the skin during Cold Water Immersion (CWI) can initiate the Cold Shock Response (CSR); tachycardia, peripheral vasoconstriction, hypertension, inspiratory gasping and hyperventilation among others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
We can train to control the effects of CWI through habitual short immersions, reducing the response to a stimulus of similar magnitude. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We can also use the power of the mind to combat the exacerbating impact that acute anxiety can have on even well trained individuals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Train the body, train the mind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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