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Diving Board Dangers

When in good condition and used properly, diving boards can be a fun and rewarding part of any family pool outing. But high-dives and low-dives alike present certain potential hazards that parents and kids alike likely to overlook in all the excitement.

Over the past fifteen years, a staggering 110,000 children under 19 years of age were injured in diving-board related incidents. The majority of these incidents involved trauma to the head, face and neck, with hitting one’s head against the board being a major problem in attempts at more complex dives.

Although professional and Olympic athletes may seem at a disproportionate risk for diving accidents given the intimidating heights from which they plunge, over 80 percent of diving injuries occur with boards less than one meter high. This is due to a number of factors, including a lack of supervision in many residential or private settings, the shallower depths of such pools, and less maintenance oversight for lower boards.

Safety steps that have been shown to reduce the likelihood of diving board accidents include:

  • Teaching children basic diving safety
  • Removing obstacles at the bottom of lakes and rivers under a dive site, such as rocks and timber
  • Proper lifeguard supervision
  • Pools with soft-bottom surfaces

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Although anyone jumping off a board is taking a risk, manufacturers and swimming establishments assume a certain degree of liability for what happens to their customers. If you or someone you love has been injured in a diving board-related injury, contact the experienced Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (920) 459-8000.