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January 15, 2013

What would you do if your go-cart racing days came to a hard stop?

Logan Shaw found a new ride.


Logan’s go-cart accident left him partially paralyzed with a spinal cord injury. After months of orthopaedic care and rehab, Logan rebounded with a basketball scholarship from the University of Texas at Arlington. Try to catch him now.

Read Logan’s story and find your own inspiration at ANationInMotion.org.



The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) are working together to increase awareness about the importance of preventing spinal cord injuries. Each year, an estimated 12,000 Americans sustain spinal cord injuries often due to motor vehicle crashes, falls, violence and sports/recreation activities. Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, but the good news is that most spinal cord injuries are preventable!

Fight for Your Mobility! Learn how to prevent spinal cord injuries:

Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • Always wear a seatbelt in a motor vehicle.
  • Children age 12 years and under should be properly restrained in the backseat.
  • Children who have outgrown child safety seats should be properly secured in booster seats until they are at least 8 years of age or 4’9” tall.
  • Avoid distractions while driving! Distractions include talking on the phone, texting, emailing, reading, eating, listening to loud music, and dealing with an unrestrained pet.
  • Follow the rules of the road: never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or ride as a passenger with anybody else who is under the influence.
Falls
  • Remove hazards in the home that may contribute to falls.
  • Participate in an exercise program that aids agility, strength, balance, and coordination to help build bone strength and minimize fall-related injuries.
Sports/Recreation
  • Wear proper safety gear when playing impact sports: never block, hit or tackle a player with the top of your helmet and never slide head-first.
  • Before entering water, always check for debris. Never dive into a pool or lake unless it is 9’ deep or deeper, and never dive into an above-ground pool.
  • If you own firearms, keep your gun unloaded in a locked cabinet or safe, and store ammunition in a separate location.

For more information on how to prevent spinal cord injuries, visit orthoinfo.org and asia-spinalinjury.org.

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