Sponsored by Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, ThinkFirst for Teens is designed to educate high school and college students through a powerful message that urges teens to “use your mind to protect your body”. (www.ghs.org/thinkfirst)
Everyday activities can turn deadly if safe choices are not made. A fall off a bicycle can result in brain injury. A child carelessly crossing the street can be severely injured or killed. Participating in sports activities without using the appropriate gear can result in paralysis. Through education, we can prevent many of these tragedies from occurring. Each year an estimated 500,000 persons in the United States sustain brain and spinal cord injuries. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports and recreation (especially diving), and violence. Teens and young adults are at high risk for these devastating injuries, the majority of which are preventable.
Trauma Prevention Tips
Safety belts save lives.
Buckle up every time you’re in a car, no matter where you sit.
Wear proper sports gear.
Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorcycle, skateboard or ATV.
“Feet First, First Time”
Carefully walk into water to check for depth and objects before jumping or diving.
Use your mind to protect your body.
What to Do
If you suspect someone has a brain or spinal cord injury …
• Call an ambulance
• Leave the victim in the car unless there is obvious danger of fire
• Keep the victim’s head in the same position
• Leave the victim’s helmet on his or her head.
• Leave the victim in the water; allow the person to float face up in a shallow area.