Head first: National study chronicles dangers of diving boards

Cleared for take-off: Flips like this off of a diving board are the top-rated cause of injuries suffered while diving.
Cleared for take-off: Flips like this off of a diving board are the top-rated cause of injuries suffered while diving.Courtesy Me
Continuing with our flurry of Olympic-related posts here on the Buzz, a new study has come out analyzing the risks that diving boards pose at swimming pools across the U.S. It’s actually the first comprehensive study done on the topic.

And the numbers were surprising, at least to me. Statistically, a person sustains an injury from actions involving a diving board every hour of every day that swimming pools are open, according to the study. The full details are available here.

On an annual basis, emergency rooms treat about 6,500 kids who sustain diving related injuries. This doesn’t come as a big surprise, most of those injuries involved divers attempting to do flips or twists who struck the diving board on their way back down toward the water.

I don’t know if this is good news or bad news, but 80 percent of the injuries occur on low-level diving boards, those just one meter or less above the water’s surface. And kids between the ages of 10 and 14 are the most likely to suffer an injury from a diving board. Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to suffer a severe injury to their neck or back from diving.

What do you think of all of this? Have you suffered an injury or had a close call while diving? Share your stories and viewpoints here with other Science Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

Turns out that divers often experience eye damage. Particularly to the retinas.

According to this CNN video report, a recent study by a Beijing hospital showed that 14% of China's national divers have damaged retinas due to heavy training.

If you're going to do a lot of diving, wear goggles.

posted on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 11:13am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Here's the MedPage Today report on the findings.

posted on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 9:25am
ElizabethDavis's picture
ElizabethDavis says:

Diving Board are really dangerous to those you don't have enough practice in using them. I suggest that pool owners take an extra time to resolve diving board related incidents in pool.

posted on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 10:20pm

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