Safe Practices When Diving into Water

Doctors: Feet First, Every Time

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Temperatures are heating up, and for many of us that means playing in the water.

A lot of people dive in head first, but that choice could mean disastrous consequences that could affect the rest of your life.

Chase Jones, 30, became paralyzed after his life changed in an instant.

“I had just received an invitation from a friend one evening, on a Friday night, to go hang out with a group that was having a little grill-out beside the pool in the backyard,” Jones said. “My last memory before the accident was kind of walking away from the group up towards the pool and, the next memory I have, I woke up underwater, in the pool, and couldn’t move my body.”

He had broken his neck.

Dr. Herndon Murray was one of Jones’ surgeons.

He says men ages 20-29 are most at risk for a diving injury, and it’s not just accidents in swimming pools.

“A lot of the injuries occur from kids running out into the ocean and diving into waves. So you may be diving right into a sandbar where the wave is breaking,” said Dr. Murray. “We’ve had people get to the end of the water slide and still going fast enough that they hit the barrier at the end of the slide and break a neck. You never do anything headfirst around the water. Always enter feet first, no matter how you enter the water. Feet first, every time
 

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