Diving Injuries

Friday, July 27, 2012

Every year, many children and teens are injured in diving accidents. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that looked at diving accidents among young people in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every year, more than 6,500 American children and teens are treated in emergency rooms because of diving injuries.

Most of those injuries are cuts, scrapes and bruises the diver got from contact with a diving board. About 5 percent require hospitalization, according to a study in the publication Pediatrics.

Doing flips, handstands and backward dives are particularly risky, report the researchers.

The study analyzed data on kids and teens up to age 19 who were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms over a 15-year period for injuries sustained while diving into a pool or other body of water.

Researchers estimate that more than 111,000 children and teens nationwide were treated in emergency rooms for diving-related injuries in that time period. Kids age 10 to 14 accounted for most cases.

Prevention tips mentioned in the study include teaching proper diving technique, stretching and strengthening for competitive divers and teaching kids not to jump from the side of a pool into shallow water.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.