Temperatures are heating up, and for many of us, that means playing in the water.
Many people just dive in head first, with disastrous consequences.
That one bad decision could affect the rest of your life.
Holly Firfer explains in today's Health Minute.
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Thirty-year-old Chase Jones reminisces about his travels after college graduation.
Chase is now paralyzed.
His life changed in an instant.
"I had just received an invitation from a friend one evening, on a Friday night, to go hang out with a group that was having a little grill-out beside the pool in the backyard," he recalls. "My last memory before the accident, was kind of walking away from the group up towards the pool and, the next memory I have, I woke up underwater, in the pool, and couldn't move my body."
He had broken his neck.
Dr. Herndon Murray was one of Chase's surgeons.
He says men ages 20-to-29 are most at rick for a diving injury.
And it's not just accidents in pools.
"A lot of the injuries occur from kids running out into the ocean and diving into waves. So, you may be diving right into a sandbar where the wave is breaking," says Dr. Murray, an orthopedic surgeon at Shepherd Center. "We've had people get to the end of the water slide and still going fast enough that they hit the barrier at the end of the slide and break a neck. It's just, you never do anything headfirst around the water. Always enter feet first, no matter how you enter the water. Feet first, every time."