Diving in shallow waters and spinal cord injury: a preventive and educational approach [Abstract in English]

Richard Lester Khan, Maria Helena Itaqui Lopes

Abstract


Objective: The aim of this study was to do a revision
on studies involving diving accidents and spinal cord
lesion. The lack of studies on this subject in Brazilian
literature was also analyzed.

Methods: A revision of literature was done (MEDLINE,
LILACS), Selected aspects were prevention of
spinal cord injury and diving, education and preventive
methods.

Conclusion: Spinal cord lesion caused by diving has
an elevated world incidence and high rates mainly during
summer. Healthy young male individuals are involved.
There is a strong association with the use of alcohol.
Preventive educational methods are of utmost importance
to decrease the amount of new cases every year.

KEY WORDS: DIVING/injuries; SPINAL CORD INJURIES;
ACCIDENT PREVENTION.



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