Diving Board Injuries

by Pool Builders on 02-02-2011 in Articles

A diving board is often the first part of a swimming pool kids and adults look for when trying to escape the heat and enjoy a relaxing and fun day at the swimming pool. Whether it's a regular-sized board at a friend's personal pool or a high dive at the public swimming pool, diving boards attract a large group of people during aquatic recreation. And while diving boards can be exciting, they can also be extremely dangerous.

The National Electronic Surveillance system of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 43.9 percent of injuries occur from interference with the board, while boys are almost twice as likely to experience a head and/or neck injury.

While only about 4.7 percent of these injuries are serious enough for hospitalization, it is important for divers to understand and know their limitations before attempting any dive or trick. The most common diving board injures are:

  • Spinal cord injuries that occur when the diver falls directly on his or her back. These also happen when the diver hits the bottom of the pool with his or her head.
  • Head injuries are the most common injury and can be just as serious as spinal cord injuries.
  • Lower body injuries can happen whenever the diver slips or lands awkwardly on his or her legs.
  • Hitting another swimmer in the pool can harm multiple parties.

Divers are also three times more likely to suffer an injury when diving backwards as opposed to forwards, and twice as likely to experience a severe laceration while hitting the board than during any other part of the dive.

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