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Freediver Focus
Sara Campbell
and quite possibly a black-out too. The spleen release must occur at pressure really have on us while we’re down there? I for one, experience
the right moment to ensure additional blood and oxygen supply to a massive difference in my dives of, say 80m and 90m-plus. Relatively
the muscles and vital organs; the muscles must be able to work with there’s not a huge difference between the two, in terms of distance or
massively high lactic acid levels and constantly decreasing supply of pressure, but my dive profiles alter drastically once I dive deeper than
oxygen; equalisation must happen seemingly effortlessly throughout 85m - why? And I’m back into the fascinating and bewildering realms
the descent, the diver ensuring a full mouthfill and maintaining it of ‘how?’ once more.
against the ever-increasing vacuum in the lungs and even contractions
(the physical response in the diaphragm to breathe). For most of the In 2010 I want to delve deeper into these mysteries, and work with some
rest of what the body goes through, we have no idea. of the top medical and scientific researchers on deep diving, to try and
unravel a tiny bit more of this unbelievable sport. In the meantime,
I have a strong suspicion that there’s a massive hormonal response to I’ll be watching closely what other divers are doing to prepare for the
diving, hence the happy feeling almost all divers experience (and no, Worlds, and hoping that my own preparations have been sufficient to
I’m not talking about narcosis here). What effect does the depth and ensure a successful competition in the Bahamas.
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