Injury to your spinal cord injury is one of the most dangerous and potentially long-term injuries that can be sustained. Depending upon the area of your spine that is injured and the extent of your injury, spinal cord injury can lead to long-term or permanent paralysis and in some cases can be life-threatening. So, it’s crucial that you understand all you can about the prevention of spinal cord damage.
Prevention of spinal cord damage in sports
There are a number of things athletes as means of prevention of spinal cord damage. These things include:
1: Wearing proper safety gear such as helmets when playing physical contact sports like American football, rugby, hockey and baseball. Helmets should also be worn as a preventative measure by cyclists, motorcyclists, skaters and horseriders.
2: If you are swimming and diving you should always make sure that the water is deep enough to dive into and should not dive into shallow water.
3: Gymnasts should make use of spotters to make sure that they are in the right environment to carry out moves and that there are no obstructions that could cause injuries.
4: Replace old or worn protective equipment to ensure it is always able to carry out its role.
5: Cyclists should avoid wearing headphones when cycling on the roads so that you can remain aware of surrounding traffic. You should also obey all road and traffic signs.
6: Make sure you learn and understand all the rules of a contact sport before you play and follow these rules whilst playing.
Prevention of spinal injuries when travelling
There are many means of prevention of spinal cord injuries in motor vehicles. The most important thing to remember is that drivers and all passengers should wear a working seat belt at all times and young children should be securely fastened into a safety seat. You should also make sure that any children under the age of 12 should sit in the back seat as this will help to prevent spinal cord damage should you be involved in an accident.
If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs you should not drive, nor should you get into a car as a passenger with someone you know to be impaired as the driver. Being under the influence can increase the risk of being involved in a car accident – one of the major causes of spinal cord damage. If you can, you should also aim to avoid distractions such as changing the music in the car, turning to talk to or scold children, or fiddling with temperature controls. Make sure you stay focused on the roads. You should also make sure your phone is on hands-free or, even better, somewhere that you won’t be tempted to answer it.
With Helicopteros Sanitarios, you have access to emergency medical care wherever you are, whenever you need it. So you can be sure a suspected spinal cord injury will be treated by professionals as soon as possible.