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12-08-2008, 19:11
Dear Doctors and Nurses,

What is your standard for fitness for diving?

12-08-2008, 19:17
I'm neither, but 13 mets on a treadmill stress test is one I see a lot.

12-08-2008, 19:19
What's a Met? I

s that equal to having the strength of 13 New York Mets?

12-08-2008, 19:39
Metabolic Equivalents:
Metabolic equivalent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolic_equivalent)

Often, a test is done using something called the Bruce Protocal:
Bruce Protocol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Protocol)

Basically, you start walking on a treadmill while hooked up to some monitoring gear. The treadmill goes faster and gets steeper as time passes. Eventually you reach the point where you aren't fit enough to keep up, so you quit. Measurements from the point where you quit can be converted into Mets. More Mets = more cardiovascular fitness.

The Bruce Treadmill Test (http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/bruce-treadmill-test.html)

Obviously divers have more to think about than just cardiovascular fitness, but it's probably a good place to start.

12-08-2008, 19:55
Dear Doctors and Nurses,

What is your standard for fitness for diving?

It would do no good in trying to discuss this topic with you as it would be way over your head!

12-08-2008, 20:00
Dude, it's the internet. I could be a brain-dead, bed-ridden sociopath, OR I might be a Nobel prize-winning physicist.

Though, if you are betting actual money, I'd bet on the former, rather than the latter.

12-08-2008, 20:26
You may have already looked over the DAN site at DAN Divers Alert Network (http://www.dan.org) , in particular the Diving Medicine section, FAQs and articles, some of which address your question.

12-08-2008, 20:37
I'd give equal weighting to both a reasonable level of cardiopulmonary fitness and mental fitness, and most definitely require a low a..h... titer. Some may miss the cut on this measure.

12-08-2008, 20:39
Drs and Nurses. Thanks.

12-08-2008, 20:41
And I would be one, you are welcome :)

12-08-2008, 20:43
One what? Post some creds.

12-08-2008, 20:45
One of the group you asked to respond. Your titer is a little bit high tonight is it? Goodnight Largo.

12-08-2008, 20:49
It's cutting off his blood flow, perhaps you should check him out.

12-08-2008, 20:52
Blood flow to what might I ask? I'll pass on checking him out thanks. I don't see those over 18.

12-08-2008, 20:59
I would bet that Largo is not even 18! LOL

12-08-2008, 21:01
Could be, in which case I would be ethically required to see him. But I could always make a quick referral to the expert who consults on kids with high ah titers.

12-09-2008, 20:33
My fitness regime consists of two simple philosophies: Don't sit too long, or eat too much.