The National Rescue Society of Italy/Società Nazionale di Salvamento (SNS) has posted the article "Open Water Swimming Races: The Safety Question" (new window) on their website:
Despite the fact that open water sports events have widely increased over the last years, in some Countries specific rules for safety assistance are not yet well codified.
A scientific approach to this field might take in account both the examination of technical data and medical considerations about the type of expected pathologies.
On the basis of specific literature and our own experience, we suggest an integrated operative model aimed to optimize either the rescue phase or the health care.
Our model starts with the separate analysis of the two main scenarios, respectively consisting of athletes at sea and ground-based population, and gives detailed indications of the procedures to be taken before the race as well as during the race itself.
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