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Specialists from the Traumatology Service of the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella warn of the “false sense of security” generated by jumping into the water
Specialists from the Traumatology Service of the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella (Málaga) have pointed out that ten percent of spinal injuries are caused by uncontrolled jumps into the water and have warned that it can “give a false sense of security, but the shock against the liquid at high speed it can be as damaging as impact against a solid surface. “
Thus, from Quirónsalud Marbella they have indicated in a statement that all these activities related to water “must be enjoyed with the proper precautions to avoid injuries”. “A jump into shallow water or loss of control of a jet ski can lead to an accident with very serious consequences , ” they noted.
“Water can give a false sense of security and there is a tendency to think that the impact in the aquatic environment is not as harmful as on the road. However, at a certain speed, the liquid behaves in a similar way to the solid because the water particles do not have time to open to allow the body to penetrate and, therefore, the injury from a water accident can be extremely serious », Explained the head of the Traumatology Service of the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella, Francisco Rodríguez Argaiz.
The most common injuries in an aquatic environment are linked to jumps into the open sea, rivers or pools without previously verifying the depth or by the inexperienced handling of recreational boats. «It is important to know that traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries can occur. This last case is a rather dramatic situation for the subject and for her environment since it produces great incapacity for the patient depending on the level of the spine that has been affected, “she said.
In the most external cases “it can lead to tetraplegia – joint paralysis of the four extremities of the body”, warned Dr. Argaiz, who stressed “the fateful statistics that are recorded in each summer campaign.” “In Spain there are 1,000 cases of spinal injuries a year, according to data from the Ministry of Health, a high percentage of them occurs as a result of jumps to the aquatic surface ,” he said.
The orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella has ensured that these injuries that cause loss of sensation and motor function of some or all of the extremities can be avoided if very simple recommendations are followed: “respecting safety regulations first and behaviors to avoid dangers ».
He insisted that ” they should not jump into the water when it is cloudy or there is poor visibility, as there may be rocks or obstacles underneath.”