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Pneumonia and freediving

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Sep 2, 2003
recently i got over pneumonia and spent about a month resting from training. I still cough from time to time, but things are getting better... and the water warmer...

Anyone have any advice how and when to take it deep again.

I'm conerned about the effects of bloodshift, breath-hold and excercise in apnea after pneumonia.


Erik Stojanovic
SAPA Slovenija apnea team
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you might want to try posting this on the AIDA UK Yahoo Group - I know of at least two Brit freedivers who have had pneumonia recently

I had pleurisy - and freedived after about a month,

best thing I imagine would be to get a check up after a month or so and see what you doc says

Post pneumonia

I was hoping to gather more info about the matter.

I think i'm OK now - after 2 months :head, as i went in the pool yesteday for some dynamics and today i'm feeling fine.

As i'm planning to go deep-diving at the end of the month i'm concernd what effect would bloodshift have on my post pneumonia lung tissue :(.

Tomorrow i have a check-up and hope to get good news... but when you talk to the doc about bloodshift... they stare at you like... bloodwhat :confused: ? I tried to explain them negative pressure on lungs due to depth... but i look like a suicidal subject :duh.

I'm sure such matter would interest people dealing with physionomy of freediving.

Maybe there are some medical papers dealing post pneumonia, sports and diving?

regards and thanks.

Hi Erik,
I think that if it was a Bacterial Pneumonia, and If you X-ray after 2 months are completly clear you can start some constant ballast training.
But the "full" healing of the lung is around 6 months, so don't push too much the depht.
When you have pneumonia the hypoxic vasoconstriction reflex is lost, that will put you closer to severe hypoxemia. Also the compliance and elastic recoil of lung tissue is affected.
As always the best advice is to be checked by a pulmonary medicine specialist in your country.
Hi Phoerixx

simply listen to your own body! i assume there isn't too much knowledge in the fields of pneumonia and freedvingl - but seeing a pulmonary specialist sure is a good tip if it comes to serious training in your case... anyway if you feel in doubt -wait for 2 more months and invest your training time into static training and basic aerobic prep.
by the way that's what i think freediving should be all about: learn about yourself and learn to assess and listen to yourself!

good luck and good recovery
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this morning I saw a specialist - pulmologist for the after a month check up. He said due to pneumonia my mild bronhial "hyperresponse??" tured into an astma due to stress. So I'm on glucosteroids now... I don't like the sound of the treatmet... but... i hope it would help.

We talked againg of freedivnig and come to a interesting conclusion. My static training with packing is good for my lungs, naturaly i don't over do it. The full lungs expand and activate even the less oxigenate alveoli.

So is static and dynamic for me until the full season, and i assume I'll have to try for my PB only in august...

Thanks everybody.

Erik Stojanovic, SAPA apnea team
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