Radio Shows Safety Teen — 06 July 2013
How to Avoid Diving Injuries

A look at the risks of diving into a body of water.

Diving Safety

Diving head first into shallow water can lead to injuries that can turn a whole life upside down. Dr. Bruce Minnes, emergency room pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children elaborates. “Diving head first into a body of water which is too shallow can put you at risk for head injury or for serious neck injury, as the weight of your body lands on top of your head and causes your neck to bend. And then once n the water, of course, if somebody has become unconscious and not able to move properly, then they run the risk of drowning or some other submersion injury.” Teens should be aware that water that’s five feet or less in depth is too shallow for diving, because they’re the ones most likely to try it. “Typically it’s the older children or the teenagers who are going to be diving or jumping into water and particularly in circumstances of being with many of their friends and many other people participating in the same activity.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Bruce Minnes, emergency room pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children.

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