Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Tips
- Swim near a lifeguard and check with lifeguards on current conditions before swimming.
- STOP, watch, and walk into the water.
- DON’T dive headfirst into any unknown water. You never know what’s beneath the surface of the water. Water levels may have shifted, and the water is too shallow for diving.
- DON’T jump or dive from a cliff, pier, jetty or bridge.
- Avoid bodysurfing, bodyboarding or surfing straight “over the falls.” Ride the shoulder.
- In a “wipeout,” land as flat as possible with your hands out in front of you.
- While bodysurfing, keep an arm out in front of you to protect your head and neck.
- When in doubt, DON’T DIVE, play it safe!
- Exercise regularly to increase balance and flexibility
- Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medications yearly
- Get an annual eye exam
- Make your home safer by removing throw rugs, clearing floors and hallways of clutter, and improving the lighting in your home and stairways.
- Always wear a seatbelt
- Avoid distractions, including texting, talking on the phone, eating, disruptive passengers or pets
- Place children in seatbelts and/or age, height, and weight appropriate booster seats
- Never drive after drinking alcohol
- Always wear appropriate clothes, shoes, and safety gear when playing a sport
- Learn proper techniques and movements used in different sports