Beneficial role of exercise on scuba diving

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2008 Jan;36(1):38-42. doi: 10.1097/jes.0b013e31815ddb02.


Exercising before, during, or after diving is proscribed because of the assumption that it would increase incidence of decompression sickness. Our findings show that exercise performed in a timely fashion before diving or during decompression will reduce the number of venous gas bubbles formed. Exercise after diving did not increase the number of bubbles. Nitric oxide seems to play a protective role.

MeSH terms

  • Decompression Sickness / physiopathology
  • Decompression Sickness / prevention & control
  • Diving / physiology*
  • Echocardiography
  • Exercise*
  • Humans
  • Nitric Oxide / blood
  • Norway
  • Physical Exertion / physiology


  • Nitric Oxide