Study looks at diving board accidents

August 4, 2008 5:12:23 PM PDT
A new nationwide study looked at diving accidents over 17 years and found about 6,500 diving board injuries are treated each year.

Children between the ages of 10 and 14 are most often hurt and nearly half of all injuries occur when the diver collides with the board or platform.

That is exactly what happened to professional diver Chelsea Davis at the World Aquatics Championships in 2005. She hit her head on the board while attempting a dive that involved her facing the board. Davis broke her nose, fractured her cheekbone and sprained her neck.

The report makes recommendations including softer swimming pool bottoms and better training for swimmers and divers.


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