Risk Of Injury Of The Spinal Cord During Diving Is Very High – Part 1 of 3
Risk Of Injury Of The Spinal Cord During Diving Is Very High. About 6000 Americans under the adulthood of 14 are hospitalized each year because of a diving injury, and 20 percent of diving accidents effect in a severe spinal cord injury, researchers say. To encourage diver safety, University of Michigan (U-M) researchers force bathers to use caution near any body of water and to jump feet first in shallow water or if the depth is unknown. “Our neurosurgery team here at U-M knows how heartbreaking spinal twine injuries can be,” Karin Muraszko, chair of the department of neurosurgery and chief of pediatric neurosurgery, said in a news release. “We can provide these patients with top-notch, state-of-the-art care, but we’d much rather they are not sorrowful to begin with.
We can’t put the spinal cord back together. So the best thing we can do is prevent these injuries”. You don’t have to hit bottom to get injured, the team pointed out. “The surface tension on the mineral water can be enough to injure the spinal cord,” cautioned Dr Shawn Hervey-Jumper, a neurosurgery resident, in the same news release.