Diving is an exhilarating competitive sport, but if you’re not quite up to Tom Daley standards, it can be a dangerous pastime. From slips, trips and falls around a slippery pool edge, to head injuries and bruises caused by landing incorrectly, you need to keep your wits about you if you’re contemplating climbing up to the diving board on your next visit to the pool.
The most common diving injuries
Public pools are an important part of the local community and provide a great base for splashing around and having fun with friends or keeping fit. Many people enjoy swimming at their local pool, but diving has become an increasingly popular sport. Diving demonstrates bravery, skill and flexibility and if done well, it is a very safe sport. However, even the most accomplished diver can come unstuck if they land in the wrong position. Here are five of the most common diving injuries:
- Bruising – Hitting the water at speed (known in professional circles as smacking the water) is extremely painful and bruising is a common outcome of getting the landing wrong. The most common for bruising are the chest and abdomen and the back.
- Hitting the board – Most divers will hit the board at least once over the course of a long career and this can cause injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises, to fractures. The best way to prevent accidents like this is to practice taking off over and over again.
- Overuse injuries – Divers carry out repetitive actions, such as reaching, jumping and twisting and this can lead to overuse injuries, such as repetitive strain injury and hairline fractures. The danger is that these injuries tend to get worse very gradually and the damage may already be done before the diver is even aware that they have the injury. The best cure is rest.
- Head and neck injuries – Landing awkwardly can cause severe injuries to the head, neck and spine. It is important for divers, particularly amateurs, to be aware of their limits and capabilities and to take great care when landing.
- Fractures – Hitting the water usually causes damage to the skin, but if you are hurtling down and you catch the water at great speed, there is a risk of further damage and this may include fractures. The feet, legs and arms are at particular risk of bone breaks.
It also helps to check where you are diving to ensure you are not going to hit someone!
Public place accident compensation: Do I have a claim?
Diving carries risks and if you dive at a local pool, you should be aware that you do so at your own risk. If you have an accident in a public place, you are injured and you can prove that you were not to blame, you may have a case for public place injury compensation. This may be the case if you have slipped in a public place because of a wet floor and there were no warning signs displayed, or you had a fall because you trod on a loose floor tile, for example. If you think you have a claim for public liability compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 5659.