Call for action on research on how plastics effects the human body. 

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On 28 August we ask the attention for research on how plastic effects the human body.

Surfing Medicine International partnered with the Plastic Soup Foundation, and WEMOS to campaign for more research on how plastic effects the human body.

We want money to be made available as quickly as possible for major research that will look at questions such as:

•  How much plastic is there in our blood and tissues?

•  Are small plastic particles accumulating in our liver and/or brains?

•  How do these small plastic particles enter our bodies?

•  What is the most important route? Is it by breathing plastic particles, touching toys,

through plastic packaging, from wearing synthetic clothing, using cosmetics or through the food chain?

Read the the folder with scientific information on noplasticsinmybody here.


Publication: A call for the proper action on drowning resuscitation

“A call for the proper action on drowning resuscitation” was published in the August 2016 version of Resuscitation! This is a very important call for all providers, and a chance to update your knowledge on drowning resuscitation.

Resuscitation letter to the editor o

Read the full letter to the editor here:

This team effort was jointly produced by Surfing Medicine InternationalSobrasa Lifeguards Without Borders SURFlifeSAVING GB

Resuscitation is the official journal of the ERC – European Resuscitation Council


Drowning prevention by educating surfers; drowning educations’ next wave. 

Berg I, Haveman B, van de Schoot D, Göttinger M, Kelleher A, Markovic O.

Presented November 6th, 2015 at the World Congress on Drowning Prevention 2015, Penang, Malaysia.

Application of an online team physician survey to the consensus statement on sideline preparedness: the medical bag’s highly desired items. 

Everline C.

Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2011 Jun;45(7):559-62. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2009.065466. Epub 2010 Jun 11.


Szpilman D, Bierens JJ, Handley AJ, Orlowski JP.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 2012 May 31;366(22):2102-10. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1013317.

Competitive surfing injuries: a prospective study of surfing-related injuries among contest surfers.

Nathanson A, Bird S, Dao L, Tam-Sing K.

Published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2007 Jan;35(1):113-7. Epub 2006 Oct 4.

How to start with pre-hospital research 

Here is a booklet by the Falck Foundation, which contains very useful tips and tricks on pre-hospital research.

Booklet Pre-hospital Research an Introduction, Joost Bierens

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