Friday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. With all the fun that the season brings, it’s important to keep an eye on young children as they’re playing sports or enjoying outdoor activities.
In Dr. Rosen’s Pool-Diving Safety article, he introduces the phrase, “feet first, first time,” as a common practice for jumping into any body of water so that you know what you’re going into.
“Most of us enjoy the pool in the summertime, but what concerns me is the catastrophic spinal cord injuries which usually happen from one or two things,” said Dr. Rosen, neurosurgeon at Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences (CINHS). “Either somebody jumps headfirst into a lake and strikes a rock thinking the water is deeper than it actually is or there is some other underwater obstruction, maybe a tree that fell into the water and it is now lodged there, and they strike their head with a tremendous amount of force on the cervical spine.”
The spine can fracture, resulting in spinal cord injury and a permanent weakness of one’s legs and/or arms.
No matter our age or weight, it’s important to test the water before jumping in.
June 23 is National Hydration Day, which creates awareness around the importance of staying hydrated and the negative effects of dehydration.
Hydration isn’t just important during physical activity. Relaxing in the sun on a hot or humid day, even with zero exercise, can cause your body to need more fluids.
In Dr. Rosen’s Heat Stroke article, he discusses how becoming dehydrated could affect the brain.
“As our temperature rises, our body reaches a point where it kind of gives up in trying to protect our brain,” he said. “When that happens, you get very sick and can succumb or even die very quickly. If you’re outside and you’re hot, obviously protect yourself from the sun with a hat, light colored clothes and lots of water–a lot of hydration by drinking a lot of fluids.”
Dr. Rosen currently practices at both Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences (CINHS) in Bloomington, Ill., as well as Champaign, Ill.
In previous years, Dr. Rosen served as Department Chair of Neurological Surgery at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine from 2012 through 2017, following his 2011 appointment as Interim Department Chair.
He joined the faculty at WVU in 2001 and held various positions in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery, including vice chair, program director of the neurosurgery training program, director of research and the neurosurgical research laboratories, and director of cranial base surgery.
Dr. Rosen’s website, drcharlesrosen.com, discusses relevant neurosurgery topics through written articles and first-person videos that address aneurysms, Chiari malformation, face pain, head injuries in children, and more.
For the latest neurosurgery news from Dr. Rosen, visit drcharlesrosen.com/news/.
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