at least, please stop spreading it on this
i'll be honest with you guys. this is difficult. i'm confident that SIPE is or can be a problem. however, there is no evidence that i'm aware of that SIPE is connected with the deaths we've experienced in triathlon. furthermore, i've had to pull two threads this morning that stated that andy naylor's death in IM NYC was caused by SIPE. i just called the bergen county medical examiner. an autopsy has been performed. but the cause of death has not been determined because of tests that are not yet completed. you don't know what caused his death.
what bothers me is that this is turning into an urban myth, like the demented old lady drying her poodle in the microwave. a few of you are grabbing every death in swimming and "claiming" it on behalf of SIPE. please stop with the SIPE mania.
Your comment is on the mark. We've also had all sorts of things suggested that everyone should be doing to prevent swim deaths ... all basically anecdotal driven as well. What we all need are some real facts about these events and unfortunately autopsy findings are unlikely to be released for confidentiality reasons or may well be inconclusive .... other than the obvious association of drowning. I suspect these are cardiac initiated events, but I don't know that for a fact. If they are cardiac events, we should be seeing lots of events that result in saves before drowning and that should be key ... the silence about those events is deafening. Hopefully USATs review will be factual based and not just conjecture on someones part. I think it is fair to talk about SIPE because we don't have good facts to guide us. It was interesting that the one person who reported his drowning event (aspiration +laryngospasm) on ST apparently didn't understand that his event was a drowning episode by definition and was even allowed to finish his race. Everything is just conjecture until we have some usable facts.