Wild Swimming Scientist Heather Massey Interview in the Guardian

Wild Swimming Scientist Heather Massey Interview in the Guardian

A recent guest on our ICE Series, Dr. Heather Massey was interviewed in the Guardian

Dr Heather Massey is a researcher at the University of Portsmouth’s Extreme Environments research group and a seasoned open water swimmer. Having swum the Channel and competed in the world ice swimming championships, her research into the effects of extreme temperatures on the body is personal.

Here are a couple of interesting takeaways from the article:

“… people find outdoor swimming transformative. It changes their outlook. They feel more connected to nature. It’s their reset button.”

“…when you get out of the water your body continues to cool. A feeling of euphoria is common among open water swimmers when they get out.”

“We’re seeing anecdotal evidence of people experiencing changes to their mental and physical health, with improvements in conditions like migraines and a reduction in menopausal symptoms. Cold water immersion can, in some instances, reduce inflammatory responses, and we’ve seen evidence that people take fewer days off work when they shower in cold water.

A recent study by Cambridge University found that people who swim in cold water have higher levels of a protein linked to the formation of synapses, the links between nerves. The theory is, if you have a higher level of this protein, it will reduce neural degeneration and so stave off dementia.

“We also think people can reduce some symptoms of depression if they go outdoor swimming. We’ve just completed a study with people who have been living with depression and the information is looking quite positive, but we don’t have all the answers just yet.”

Check out the episode of the ICE Series: Episode #2: The Unspoken Topic of Recovery with Professor Mike Tipton and Heather Massey

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????????? ???? ?????? Professor Mike Tipton is a Professor of Human & Applied Physiology at the Department of Sport & Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, UK. As the Director of Research for the Department of Sport & Exercise Science, he provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organizations. Tipton was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Division from 1996 with 30 years of experience in working in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology. At the Extreme Environments Laboratory, he examines the physiological and psychological responses to adverse environments and the selection, preparation and protection of those who enter such environments.

??. ??????? ?????? Dr. Heather Massey is a podcaster, coach, an ice swimmer from Great Britain, sports scientist and a physiologist at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She finished 18th in the ice kilometer at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany. She completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 16 hours 1 minute on 9 July 2019. She helped British open water swimmers prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.