Diving is Fourth Leading Cause of Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury Among Shepherd Center Patients
Hospital urges people not to risk injury by diving this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the year.
A decade's worth of Shepherd Center statistics show diving is the fourth leading cause of paralyzing spinal cord injury among patients treated at the hospital. These injuries are also among the most preventable.
"Diving is simply not worth the risk," says Shepherd Center physician Herndon Murray, M.D. "The only safe dive is the one you don't take."
This Memorial Day weekend and throughout the year, Shepherd Center urges people: "Don't dive. Go in feet first."
Download our infographic here for more information on diving injuries.
Read more here about Shepherd Center's injury prevention efforts.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org