Diving medicine and suitability for diving
Diving is a beautiful sport. The perception of Lake Starnberg from below is a totally different sensation. But for diving you need a minimum of fitness, otherwise the fun can be life threatening. As a diver, you expose yourself to a number of physical and psychological risks, that you should prepare for. The field of diving medicine practice Dr. med. Frühwein & Partner in Munich is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diving accidents and in particular the fitness for diving.
Diving medicine in Munich: Diving suitability examination:
Lungs, cardiovascular system and ears are particularly under pressure
Responsible diving schools or diving companies therefore require a medical diving suitability examination. This examination by our experienced physicians in Munich corresponds to a comprehensive “check-up” with special consideration of the organs, particularly stressed during diving, such as the lungs, the cardiovascular system and the ears. As a preventative measure, we examine your health suitability for the diving sport within the framework of a diving suitability examination in our practice in Munich and thus give you the necessary health security for your underwater activities.
A diving medical examination, as we offer it in our practice in Munich, is condition for prospective diving athletes
After having completed the diving suitability tests, you receive a diving certificate according to the specifications of the German Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine (GTÜM). It is recognized in all international diving federations, for example by CMAS and PADI. It is the basic requirement for the beginning of a diving training or the acquisition of a sports diving license according to international standards. Renewed diving suitability tests in Munich or elsewhere should all be renewed regularly, depending on age. The GTÜM recommends a validity of 3 years for up to 40 year olds and one year for over 40 year olds. We take this examination seriously and our diving physician will carry it out carefully and extensively in accordance to the specifications of the GTÜM, so that you can discover the oceans with a certain piece of mind.
Information on the suitability test in Munich: pressure compensation
When diving, a negative or positive pressure is developing in the middle ear, in relation to the surrounding water pressure.
The middle ear is connected by a connecting duct, the Eustachian tube to the throat, which is normally closed. It opens only when swallowing or when the pressure of the environment is lower than that in the middle ear – for example when climbing a mountain. Accordingly, the overpressure of the surrounding water must be counteracted by an increase in pressure in the pharynx during diving. This is achieved by manically holding the mouth and nose while exhaling. Whether this works without problems, your doctor in Munich will examine you with an otoscopy or the Valsalva experiment.
Limited fitness for diving
With our comprehensive diving fitness examinations in Munich, we make sure that from a medical point of view nothing speaks against your planned diving adventure. If there are any concerns, we will openly pronounce them. In such cases, a diving certification can only be issued with restrictions or not at all. We see here your health as our responsibility.
You should consider this, when visiting the diving physician in the practice Dr. Frühwein & Partners in Munich
Please note our patient information on the subject of fitness for diving. The diving suitability test is not reimbursed by most health insurance companies. Ask your health insurance company about the possibilities of reimbursement. But even so, a safe feeling during your diving adventure should be worth a diving suitability examination.
Services of the diving suitability examination in practice Dr. med. Frühwein and Partner
A general and special diving medical anamnesis and examination of the whole body is carried out. The diving suitability examination also includes a reflection of the eardrum with examination of the ability to equalize pressure, in all age groups an EKG at rest, a spirometry with recording of the flow volume curve and a pulse oximetry.
In addition, advice is given on general diving risks, in particular with regard to existing diseases. For the diving suitability test on persons over the age of 40, an ergometry with measurement of blood pressure and EKG under load must be carried out. Depending on the physical examination, the history and existing medical conditions, a blood sample may be useful.