Diving into private swimming pools can cause spinal cord injury.

July 16, 2013, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Hot weather and backyard pool parties go hand in hand in Ontario. We love to kick back, relax and swim and play in the water when the temperatures rise. Unfortunately too many people are injured by diving into pools that were never designed for diving. Any spine injury can change a life, but the injury from the traumatic impact of hitting the pool bottom can cause permanent disability.

Cervical spine injury from pool impact generally occurs in a young and otherwise healthy population, being most common in children 17 or younger. In the US in 2012 more than 237,000 swimming injuries, including 25,000 diving injuries were treated in emergency rooms, walk in clinics and doctor's offices. 

A recent European study tied severe cervical trauma from diving in pools in young men, with alcohol consumption. In this study 22/45 patients with cervical spine injury had blood alcohol levels of 0.10 or higher.

What can you do to keep yourself and your guests safe at the pool?

  • Don't ever dive into shallow water.
  • Never dive in an above ground pool
  • Don't dive if you don't have a clear view of the bottom. Look out for other people or obstacles in the pool.
  • Don't swim while intoxicated
  • Make certain that you have PFDs available for young children or weak/non-swimmers.

Remember that if you own a pool it is your responsibility to keep your guests safe.



Posted under Personal Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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