Always think first before you dive

Always think first before you dive

ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 5, 2018)–For many people, swimming is an ideal way to help beat the summer heat, all while getting a full body, low-impact workout that puts little stress on the muscles and joints.  Before you jump-in, remember that swimming and diving in unsafe bodies of water can lead to severe injuries, such as a broken a neck or spine.
 
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated:  
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages adults and kids to practice safety precautions to reduce their risk of swimming and diving-related injuries.
 
EXPERT ADVICE
“Always check the depth of the water before diving in,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic spine surgeon Eeric Truumees, MD. “If you’re unsure of the depth of the water, go in feet first. Diving in a shallow pool can lead to life threatening injuries or even death.”
 
The AAOS recommends the following swimming and diving safety tips:
   
For more swimming and diving safety tips, visit OrthoInfo.org.
 
More Information about the AAOS
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 

Visit AAOS, at:
Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.
ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.
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Contact(s):
Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org

Abby Watson
phone: 847-384-4036
email: watson@aaos.org