Be Careful When Diving In Swimming Pools And Lakes

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Diving injury cases are common in US children. Cases occur both in swimming pools and lakes, while competing and just recreational swimming.

Researchers from Ohio State University Medical School examined data from National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and found 111000 diving injury cases occurring between 1990 and 2006. This accounts about 6500 cases annually, mainly occurring among younger children.


Emergency rooms report that 36% diving injury cases occur among children aged from 10 to 14, 38% of cases are neck and head injuries, 58% cases are cuts and bruises, serious injuries leading to fractures are very rare, but only 5% of such cases have been taken to hospitals on time.

The research found that most of cases (44%) occur when divers fid diving boards. About 70% cases occur from headfirst dives, 18% from jumps or cannonballs, 12% from flips or handstands.

"What is most interesting to me as a pediatrician with a mind for prevention is what may also be among the most predictable findings of the study, that diving injury peaks substantially during the summer months and that boys are far more likely to be injured than girls," said Dr. Judy Schaechter, director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Miami University Miller School of Medicine. "The summer month exposure will surprise no one. Males are more affected by nearly all types of injury, particularly unintentional injury."

The current number of diving injuries is very high and the rates are expected to rise this summer, because Olympic case can make the sport even more interesting for beginners. The research urges the need of more education for young divers and their parents on how to dive safely and take injured divers to emergency rooms immediately after accident.