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Brain Injury Prevention

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina has teamed with the South Carolina Think First Chapters to help decrease the number of new injuries among the younger population with the ThinkFirst curriculum. Please contact the BIASC for more information on how to get involved as a VIP or health educator. (803) 731-9823 Visit SC Think First

ThinkFirst


ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation Educational Programs for Reducing Injury

Each year, an estimated 500,000 persons in the United States sustain a brain or spinal cord injury. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death among children and teens. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports, and recreation. The good news is that most injuries are preventable!

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation's award-winning, evidence-based programs are aimed at helping children, youth, and teens learn to reduce their risk for injury. ThinkFirst programs educate young people about their personal vulnerability and the importance of making safe choices.

The message is 'use your mind to protect your body'. ThinkFirst is an injury prevention program that assists educators in teaching students the consequences of poor choices and the importance of good decision making.

Our unique and powerful tool is our VIPs (Voices for Injury Prevention). These are individuals who have sustained a traumatic injury through a poor choice that they or someone else made. They live with the consequences daily by dealing with a lifelong disability. VIPs provide their personal testimony and peer-to-peer interaction with students so that others can learn from their mistakes and prevent a traumatic injury or death.

Partnered with our VIP's is a health educator who will provide valuable information about how most injuries in our community occur, how to prevent them, and demonstrate models of the brain and spinal cord to discuss what happens to these parts of the body when they are injured.

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina collaborates with SC ThinkFirst to help decrease the number of new injuries among the younger population with the ThinkFirst curriculum. Please contact the BIASC for more information on how to get involved as a VIP or health educator. SC ThinkFirst is our state's chapter of the National Foundation. (803) 731-9823 Visit SC Think First

The Brain Injury Association of SC collaborates with SC ThinkFirst to bring this evidence-based program to your school at no cost. The program can be fully customized to meet time constraints or to focus on a particular issue facing a school (i.e. recent drowning, fatal car accident, violent act, prom night, etc).

Please call us to schedule a program or if you have questions. 803.731.9823 or toll free 1.877.TBI.FACT.

Awareness


Wallet Card

Survivor Wallet Card and Letter, BIASC has created a wallet card for brain injury survivors. This card will assist survivors when they come in contact with others who are not aware of the signs and symptoms of brain injury. Simply print the card and letter that accompanies it. Fill in the information on the card and present the card and letter to your physician for his/her signature.

Grassroots Approach

Our grassroots network is a driving force influencing law making on a national level. Please join our advocacy community to receive our weekly electronic newsletter, Policy Corner, and legislative action alerts. It gets sent out weekly while Congress is in session, and is the best way to stay informed about federal legislation that can affect people with brain injury and their families. Sign up today!

Other Sources

Brain Injury Association of America is an excellent resource on brain injury awareness.

Know the facts:

  • More kids ages 5 to 14 go to the hospital emergency department with injuries related to biking than any other sport.
  • Each year, bicycle-related crashes kill about 900 people; about 200 of those killed are children under 15.
  • The number of people who ride bicycles rose from 66.9 million in 1991 to 80.6 million in 1998.
  • Bicycle incidents are most likely to occur within five blocks of home.
  • Almost half off all bicycle crashes occur in driveways and on sidewalks.

Helmets make a difference:

  • In 1997, 813 bicyclists were killed in crashes, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year. Of these, 97 percent were not wearing helmets.
  • Medical research shows that 85 percent of bicyclists head injuries can be prevented by bicycle helmet.
  • About 50 percent of all bicycle riders in the U.S. regularly wear bicycle helmets - a rise from 18 percent in 1991.
  • Universal use of helmets could prevent one death every day and one brain injury every four minutes.
  • Half of all bike riders, do not wear a helmet regularly, which is the single most effective protection against brain injury.
  • Having friends or parents who wear bike helmets significantly encourages children to use them.

Award Winning PSA

If you have a media player and can handle a one megabyte download, you are encouraged to Click Here to View an award-winning 30 second public service video on helmet safety produced by BVK McDonald titled "The Bully". Be warned that this is TV spot carries a strong emotional impact - just the kind of impact we need to reach our target audience.
 

 
 
The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
  121 Executive Center Drive, Ste.135
  Columbia, SC 29210
  Phones: 803-731-9823
  Toll Free: 1-877-TBI-FACT (in-state)
  Fax: 803-681-0096
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