Competitive springboard and platform divers start training and competing at an early age. Many Olympic and world champions are 18 years of age and younger.

Diving is considered a collision sport because of the impact with the water on entry. A diver entering the water from the 10-meter platform is traveling almost 40 miles per hour. These forces are enough to break bones and dislocate joints. Divers are also at risk of injuries from hitting the board or platform as well as overuse injuries similar to gymnasts from frequent jumping, back arching, trunk flexion, and back twisting. Injuries can also occur from training on "dry land." This type of training usually includes weight lifting and the use of spotting belts, trampolines, and springboards.

While injuries do occur in competitive diving, unsuper­vised or recreational diving is associated with a far greater risk of serious injury or even death. The following is...

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