|Title||Spinal injury management in surf: Is there a better way?|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Conference Name||International Medical-Rescue Conference|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||San Diego, California, USA|
|Keywords||spinal cord injury|
Spinal injury management in surf presents a variety of problems for the rescuer. Methods for in-line stabilization must be adaptable to environmental factors, size of the victim, and location of the victim. Current methods for handling spinal injuries in surf are adaptable in some instances but are they safe? Unfortunately, very little research has been completed to validate the techniques being taught to surf lifeguards. The objective in completing an effective spinal injury rescue is to maintain in-line stabilization in order to prevent further injury to the spinal column. A critical aspect of any in-line stabilization technique is to prevent the head and neck from moving. Do the current methods being used in surf significantly restrict head and neck movement? As professionals we need to address the question, "Is there a better way for handling spinal injuries in surf?"