Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports

Preliminary data

Brad E. Dicianno, Eric D. Aguila, Rory A. Cooper, Paul F. Pasquina, Mary J. Clark, Diane Collins, Shirley G. Fitzgerald, Todd A. Wichman

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Abstract

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a frequent complication for military personnel, veterans, athletes, and travelers at high altitudes. Symptoms may occur in individuals with less cerebrospinal fluid volume and less ability to accommodate increased brain volume. No studies on AMS exist in individuals with neurological impairments. We studied 64 subjects, including active and sedentary controls and those with tetraplegia, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury at the 2007 National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado. Subjects completed three Lake Louise Score surveys to quantify symptoms. We found a higher than expected occurrence of AMS overall (51.6%) but no differences among groups, and few participants sought treatment. Fatigue and weakness were common symptoms. High subject activity levels may explain these findings. More research is warranted on larger sample sizes and on preventative medications and treatments for AMS, especially since many military personnel with neurological impairments are returning to full active service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-488
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Sports for Persons with Disabilities
Altitude Sickness
Military Personnel
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Paraplegia
Lakes
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Sample Size
Multiple Sclerosis
Sports
Fatigue
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Brain
Therapeutics
Research

Keywords

  • Altitude sickness
  • Brain injuries
  • Headache
  • Military
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Sports
  • Veterans
  • Visual impairment

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  • Rehabilitation

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Dicianno, B. E., Aguila, E. D., Cooper, R. A., Pasquina, P. F., Clark, M. J., Collins, D., ... Wichman, T. A. (2008). Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports: Preliminary data. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45(4), 479-488. https://doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2007.08.0136

Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports : Preliminary data. / Dicianno, Brad E.; Aguila, Eric D.; Cooper, Rory A.; Pasquina, Paul F.; Clark, Mary J.; Collins, Diane; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Wichman, Todd A.

In: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2008, p. 479-488.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dicianno, BE, Aguila, ED, Cooper, RA, Pasquina, PF, Clark, MJ, Collins, D, Fitzgerald, SG & Wichman, TA 2008, 'Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports: Preliminary data', Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 479-488. https://doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2007.08.0136
Dicianno, Brad E. ; Aguila, Eric D. ; Cooper, Rory A. ; Pasquina, Paul F. ; Clark, Mary J. ; Collins, Diane ; Fitzgerald, Shirley G. ; Wichman, Todd A. / Acute mountain sickness in disability and adaptive sports : Preliminary data. In: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 2008 ; Vol. 45, No. 4. pp. 479-488.
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