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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, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.