Ten Proven Ways to Break Your Neck by Diving
Don't dive. Go into the water feet first.
As the summer comes to a close, many people head to the lake, pool or ocean for a final salute to warm weather. Shepherd Center cautions people not to dive because of the risk of spinal cord injury, especially to the cervical (or neck) area. Always go into the water feet first. Please help us spread this injury prevention message.
The slide show below (and available by clicking here) presents 10 proven ways to break your neck by diving. It was compiled by Herndon Murray, M.D., a Shepherd Center physician who treats many of the hospital's patients who are injured in diving accidents. These are all true scenarios in which Dr. Murray's patients have been injured in what he calls one of the most preventable injuries he treats.
Also below are three video interviews with former Shepherd Center patients who were injured in diving accidents.
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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.