Prevention Tips

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Tips

Warehouse injuryBy increasing awareness and taking precautions most spinal cord injuries can be prevented. Below are some safety tips to lessen the likelihood of a spinal cord injury:

Water-Ocean Activities

  • 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