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Shattered Dreams - Diving Injury Prevention

Each year, over 6,000 young people are hospitalized because of a diving injury. Of those, 1 in 5 will be severely disabled by a spinal cord injury.

It could be you.

Matt Kerry and Josh Weber were healthy and active young men until one instant changed their lives forever.

Matt Kerry was a high-school football star, popular in his class and recruited heavily to play football in college. But one summer day on a Michigan lake, Matt made a decision that changed his life forever. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound young man dove head-first into three feet of water. Matt is now paralyzed below the neck.

Josh Weber loved building houses, had recently married a beautiful woman and had a happy life ahead of him. One afternoon while drinking with friends at the lake, Josh made a bad decision and dove into shallow water, fracturing his spine and paralyzing him from the chest down.

Left with no use of their legs and only limited use of their arms and hands, Matt and Josh need help to do the most basic of daily tasks, and they will need this care for the rest of their lives. They would give anything to take back the impulsive moment that caused their injuries. The best they can do is to share their stories so that others might avoid their fate.

This video powerfully illustrates the horrible consequences thousands of young people suffer each year resulting from one moment of bad judgment. Through interviews with medical and rehabilitation professionals, viewers will learn what can and can't be done to repair these devastating injuries once they occur, and the long road of rehabilitation that await diving injury victims. Unfortunately, most spinal cord injuries are permanent. Only by thinking before we dive can we be sure to avoid the injuries that Matt and Josh will struggle with for the rest of their lives.

Only $39.95
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NTSC Video DVD, Total Running Time 15 minutes

For more information on the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Program Call (734) 936-7010 or toll-free (866) 909-4449 or visit www.pediatrictrauma.org

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