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STORM for Divers

STORM (Sports Therapy and Orthopaedic Remedial Medicine) for Divers is a research project studying the incidence and type of sports injuries that affect divers. There is very little documentation in the field of diving related sports injuries, separate to decompression illness (DCI).

STORM research aims to be in the forefront of studies covering this important aspect of diving physiology.

The STORM project has identified a number of injuries that divers are more likely to suffer from. Of particular interest to STORM are the following:

Nerve compressions, lesions, neuralgias
Disc herniations and compressions
Back lesions and trauma
Muscle tears
Joint problems
Inflammatory conditions (such as tendinitis of the elbow)
Tendon ruptures (in particular the Achilles tendon)
Ligament trauma
Any sports type injury that gives similar symptoms to DCI such as altered sensation in the arms, legs or joints – for example tingling, pins and needles, numbness, heat, pain but where decompression illness has been ruled out.

If you have suffered from any sports injury whilst diving then STORM would like to hear from you.

Please visit the STORM website – and print off the Injury Report Form, complete it as accurately as possible and return to Laura Harris MIGPP, STORM RESEARCH  (address is on the website).

If you are unsure of the nature of your injury and need advice please contact Laura Harris and STORM on 020 8972 9131.

Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.