A term that means loss of pulse, but which is applied to a whole series of conditions that occur when breathing and the heart beat stops. If not treated quickly, asphyxia deprives tissues of oxygen, which may lead to loss of consciousness and death. It can be caused by inhaling water and passing food (especially chewing gum) or equipment into the trachea. Any athlete who has lost consciousness because of a blow to the head or fainting is in danger of asphyxiation if he or she is not in the correct position see recovery position), since the tongue may fall back and block the airway, or the athlete may choke on his or her own vomit....
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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine
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