Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 26, 2012

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Infograph

Next week marks 45 years since Joni Eareckson Tada’s reckless dive into the Chesapeake Bay which resulted in a spinal cord injury. With approximately 11,000 new cases occurring each year in the US, spinal cord injury (SCI) usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine, which fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Statistics show that SCI is most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sports injuries. Although not all injuries are preventable, below are some simple tips for spinal cord injury prevention:

  • Defensive driving and wearing seat belts greatly reduces the risk of serious injury if there is an automobile accident. Be sure to buckle children into age and weight-appropriate child safety seats.
  • Do not use a cell phone or any item that may be a distraction while driving.
  • Always wear a helmet when playing contact sports, riding a motorcycle, bike, or skateboard.
  • Diving into shallow water (like Joni did 45 years ago) is a major cause of spinal cord trauma. Check the depth of water before diving, and look for rocks or other possible obstructions.
  • Football, snowboarding, and sledding injuries often involve sharp blows or abnormal twisting which can result in spinal cord trauma. Use appropriate protective equipment, techniques, and be sure to inspect the area for obstacles.
  • Follow safety practices at work and during recreation. Use proper protective equipment if an injury is possible.

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To: Joni My husband & I just got thru watching a wonderful movie Alone but not Alone. it was very good & written. Your voice singing the song was beautiful.We loved it I am also having problems with my back I have herniated disc & they are pressing on my kidneys very pain full . I would love to have your biography signed if there is any way I love the Lord with every thing I have sometimes I don't understand All the pain, I have had injections I have had an Mri, CT scans now I am fixing to have an ultra sound on my kidneys to see the cysts on them both. You are an inspiration God Bless you & u are beautiful inside & out
  • July 20, 2015
  • 12:21 a.m.
  • Sharon Kay Davis
I am a C-5, C-6 . I have uti with Stenotrophomnas Maltophilia
  • Sept. 15, 2014
  • 12:26 p.m.
  • Eddie Schultz
I've had back injections for 22 years. Finally, had 2 noninvasive back surgeries which took care of sciatica but I still have pain walking around the block. I have to walk our puppy, a daily requirement which I have not done.The only exercises I do, however, are in The water due to this walking problem. Would it be too small to pray and ask God to help me walk to give this puppy what she needs?? Praise Jesus. All my friends walk so fast and do not walk beside me even tho I pray for them and their children and do things for them.
  • Aug. 5, 2012
  • 4:20 a.m.
  • Julie
Thanks, I wasn't aware of these statistics.
  • July 26, 2012
  • 3:46 p.m.
  • sara
Dear Joni, Thank you for warning us! When I am riding my bike in the busy traffic of the city,I always pray for a safe journey also because traffic can be hectic and unpredictable these days.
  • July 26, 2012
  • 9:38 a.m.
  • San