Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month: Diving Injuries


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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, diving is the leading recreational activity resulting in spinal cord injury and the fifth leading cause of spinal cord injury overall. Diving is also one of the most preventable causes of spinal cord injury.

According to the Shepherd Center, the tips below can help you avoid a diving injury:

  • Always enter the water feet first.
  • Never dive into the shallow end of a pool.
  • Be aware that there are always hidden objects in lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.
  • Avoid alcohol when you are swimming.
  • Realize that when you dive, your body is a torpedo cutting through the water and the water may not protect you from a severe impact.
  • Just because you used to dive somewhere does not make it safe. You may have grown and underwater surfaces may have shifted.
  • Some injuries are caused by hitting the far side of a pool or swimming hole. Depth is not the only thing to be concerned about.

Take a look at the facts and figures and tips on how to avoid a diving injury.

Demographics and facts about spinal cord injuries related to divingCourtesy of the Shepherd Center

About the Shepherd Center

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

Our team of expert clinicians provide individualized patient recovery plans and compassionate care, whether you’re recovering from a life-changing injury or stroke or other neuromuscular condition. For more information, visit https://www.shepherd.org/.

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