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Diving Safety Helps Prevent Spinal Cord Injury

It's water fun season and the urge to plunge head-first into pools, lakes and waterholes is strong. Yet, diving is the sports activity most highly co-related to spinal cord injury. Heeding basic safety precautions can oftentimes make the difference between enjoyment and tragedy. In this week's post, we look at some eye-opening statistics and safety tips about diving and spinal cord injury. 


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Diving Injury Statistics

Looking at various numbers provides insight into the root cause of serious diving injuries. Statistics from the Red Cross reveal:

  • Less than 1.5 meters is the depth of water in which the overwhelming majority of diving accidents take place.
  • Alcohol and drug use are the factors related to more than half of all diving injuries and deaths.
  • 4 out of 10 spinal cord injuries that take place in backyard pools.
  • 2.7 meters,  in a supervised diving setting, is the minimum depth of water in which spinal cord injury is rare.

Diving Safety Precautions

Preventing spinal cord injury from diving involves a few basics. One of the most important principles is to know in advance what lies beneath the water. Here are a few other tips:

  • Obey the signage. "No Diving" and water-depth regulations are there for good reason.
  • Always enter feet-first on the first dive whether you are familiar with the location or not.
  • Know what's underneath. Conditions may have changed since your last dive. Check for hazards such as logs, concrete pilings, pool sloping and variable water depths.
  • Don't be deceived by a diving board. Just because they're present doesn't automatically mean conditions are safe.
  • Twice your height is the general minimum length and depth that water should measure for the entire duration of each dive. 
  • Avoid alcohol. Whether swimming or diving, even small amounts can increase your risk of injury.

Gluckstein Injury Lawyers is dedicated to promoting spinal cord safety for all. If you or a loved one has been injured, we're here to provide support.


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Source:www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/swimming-and-water-safety-tips-and-resources/swimming--boating-and-water-safety-tips/diving-and-safe-water-entries

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Very good advice. If someone had shared these facts with me in 1970 I would not be a C5/6 Quad as I am now. Please share this with everyone you know.

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