Preventing Spinal Cord Injury

The following prevention tips are from the Center for Disease Control and the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network.

In the Car

  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car.
  • Buckle children into a child safety seat, a booster seat, or a seat belt, as appropriate for their age.

At Home

  • Keep firearms and ammunition locked in a cabinet or safe.
  • Use a step stool with a grab bar to reach objects on a high shelf.
  • Install handrails on stairways.
  • Install window guards to protect young children.
  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.

At Play

  • Wear all required safety gear when playing sports, and make sure your children do.
  • Never engage in head first moves such as spearing or sliding headfirst into a base.
  • Avoid hitting the boards with your head in ice hockey.
  • Insist on spotters when doing new or difficult moves in gymnastics.


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