Does Open Water Swimming Change When You Get Older?
While most people gain the advantages of experience and navigational savvy as they age and do more open water swimming, there are some possible effects of aging on open water swimming. Jim Miller MD FAAFP and former National Team Physician of the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Team who sits on the FINA Sports Medicine Committee, explains, “Many people have labyrinthine problems with motion. Typically, this worsens with age, but it can happen at any time.
A great example of aging and the labyrinthine canals is to point out there are very few teenagers who do not like roller coasters compared with those over the age of 60 who do not like them. Aging changes the ability of the labyrinthine canals in the inner ear to accommodate for motion.”So some people may be more sensitive to rough water conditions as they age.Photo courtesy of Dr. Miller at the 2010 Global Open Water Swimming Conference by Skip Storch.
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