Primary prevention


In terms of preventative measures, reference is usually made to Primary and Secondary prevention.

Primary prevention aims to eliminate the circumstances in which a spinal cord injury can occur in the first place.

In the modern world, this scenario is impractical and we accept that accidents will almost certainly happen.

  • No spinal injuries =
    • No cars
    • No bikes
    • No falls
    • No contact sports
    • No accidents

Not very likely!!


Given this, there are a number of things that can be done to lessen the likelihood of spinal-cord injury occurring through primary prevention.

This includes the role of legislation, protective equipment, seat belts in vehicles, the use of helmets on motorised and non-powered equipment and in contact sports, education programs, rule changes, training of personnel and participants, the safe design of vehicles, sporting fields and equipment as well as a culture of safety which aims to minimise risks to individuals, which can all be effective as primary preventative measures in isolation or combination.

  • Legislation
  • Protective Equipment
  • Seat belts
  • Helmets
  • Safety design
  • Safety culture

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