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SCUBA Diving for Individuals with Disabilities

Cheng, JenFu MD; Diamond, Martin MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: May 2005 - Volume 84 - Issue 5 - p 369-375
doi: 10.1097/01.PHM.0000159974.01251.E2
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Cheng JF, Diamond M: SCUBA diving for individuals with disabilities. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2005;84:369–375.

Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) diving has become an increasingly popular recreational activity, enjoyed by millions of individuals. There has also been a growing interest in SCUBA diving in the disabled population for rehabilitation and recreation. This review discusses medical issues relevant to individuals with disabilities who wish to participate in SCUBA diving. In addition, specialized equipment, adaptations in techniques, and additional precautions will be presented. SCUBA diving can be an enriching experience, potentially helping to improve self-image and quality of life. Knowledgeable healthcare professionals can help to guide their patients who are interested in SCUBA diving.

From the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey; and the Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, New Jersey.

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to JenFu Cheng, MD, Children’s Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.