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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.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, multiple amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals for rehabilitation and the best in the Southeast, Shepherd Center treats more than 850 inpatients and 7,600 outpatients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.