oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - An epidemiological study of failure to complete a long-distance sea swim

Volume 5, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



A postal questionnaire survey was used to compare the characteristics of swimmers who failed to complete a 3 kilometer sea swim to those who completed the swim. Swimmers who failed to complete the swim reported significantly higher rates of headache and severe shivering compared to successful swimmers. Only previous participation in a cycling marathon was related to failure. Age, sex and body mass index being non-significant.

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