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, 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 neuromuscular 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 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.