The National Hospital for Paraplegics has launched the campaign “Look how you jump!” to appeal to responsibility and remind bathers of the importance of prudence to prevent spinal injury as a consequence of a bad dive.
According to the data provided by the medical director of Paraplegics, Juan Carlos Adau, two men of 20 and 41 years old entered this hospital in Toledo last year “with cervical injuries that caused tetraplegia and that could have been avoided simply with caution,” he reports. the Ministry of Health.
There was also an admission due to a decompression diving accident that, although not a dive, is also related to water sports.
Professionals have emphasized a bather who intends to dive into the water, since the type of spinal cord injury common as a result of a bad dive occurs at the cervical level, which generates a tetraplegia.
“If the injury is complete, it supposes, from the point at which the injury occurs, the interruption of messages going to and from the brain to the rest of the body through the spinal cord, which results in a lack of mobility and sensitivity “Explained Dr. Adau.
These summer days the hospital will use its social networks to spread prevention messages using the hashtags # Zambullidas2020 and # MiraCémonSaltas, accompanied by various infographics with directions and advice before jumping into the water.
Both the municipalities and neighboring communities with swimming pools that wish to do so will have access to this year’s poster with preventive messages to print it in high quality and place it in public and private pools, on beaches and in swimming areas throughout Spain.
The poster can be found on the website of the National Hospital for Paraplegics.
Professionals of this hospital center have recalled one more summer the importance of knowing the depth of a pool, a river or the sea, especially in relation to the height from which one launches. In any case, the bather must dive with the arms located in the body’s extension, thus protecting the neck and head.
If the water is cloudy and there is no visibility, it is advisable to previously inspect the area to check its depth and that there are no submerged elements such as rocks, trees or other objects that can be hit.
In places such as rivers, lakes, beaches or reservoirs, the water levels can vary from day to day due to the tides, openings or closings of floodgates, so it is advisable to always check the depth.
Another recommendation is not to jump headlong from too high, since a bad entry technique can cause injuries just by hitting us with the water.
At sea, if the swimmer plunges headlong into the waves, he should check that the depth after the wave is sufficient and, in any case, it is only advisable to dive when safety is complete.
On the other hand, in the event of an accident, and in view of the need to collect and handle the victim, it is very important to immobilize the neck, avoid movement of the spine and notify a professional to carry out the transfer. The injured person should not be transported in a utility vehicle.