This was one of the earliest projects I worked on as a research assistant. The study aimed to study the incidence of Acute mountain sickness among athletes with neurological impairments at the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
Acute Mountain Sickness in athletes with Neurological Impairments
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a symptom complex noticed commonly among high altitude travelers. The occurrence of AMS depends on multiple factors that have been studied extensively. However, AMS in individuals with neuro-logical impairments has not been considered in detail. A total of 168 subjects, including active controls, inactive controls, and those with spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury (TBI), were studied at the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado, from 2007 to 2009 for the occurrence of AMS. Lake Louise Score was used to quantify symptoms. A higher than anticipated occurrence of AMS (42.85%) among the study population was noted, with significantly higher Lake Louis Scores among ath-etes with neurological impairments. Disability group, prior history of AMS, and prior occurrence of headache at high altitude could be used as predictors for the development of AMS symptoms. More research is warranted specifically targeting the interaction between factors affecting AMS and the pathophysiology of neurological impairments like SCI and TBI to further our understanding about prophylactic medications and treatments for AMS, especially because many military personnel with neurological impairments continue on Active Duty.
- Kamaraj DC, Dicianno BE, et al; “Acute Mountain Sickness in athletes with neurological impairments” Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. Apr, 2013; 50(2):253-62. doi:JRRD.2012.03.0042