University of South Alabama

ThinkFirst

Every year, approximately 500,000 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord or brain injury. Injury is the leading cause of death among children and teens. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle accidents, violence, sports, falls and recreation. Most of these injuries are preventable!

ThinkFirst, the National Injury Prevention Foundation's award-winning program, is dedicated to preventing brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through the education of individuals, community leaders and the creators of public policy.

ThinkFirst Mobile, an outreach of USA Children's & Women's Hospital, presents programs to children from elementary school through high school. Students learn how risk-taking behaviors and poor decisions may lead to devastating consequences. ThinkFirst Mobile serves Mobile, Baldwin and surrounding counties in Alabama. The sponsoring physician of ThinkFirst Mobile is USA pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Anthony Martino and the chapter director is Mary Wilstrup, RN.

ThinkFirst Programs

ThinkFirst For Kids is designed to help elementary-age children develop safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries. Students are introduced to brain and spinal cord anatomy; vehicle, water, bicycle, sports and recreational safety; as well as safety around weapons and creative problem-solving. ThinkFirst For Kids educates students about activities that place them at risk, while teaching them the best ways to stay safe and injury-free!

ThinkFirst For Teens targets middle school and high school students with the injury prevention message: "Use Your Mind to Protect Your Body." The program includes a lesson describing the brain and spinal cord anatomy and physical results of injury; and ways to prevent life-changing brain and spinal cord injuries. ThinkFirst For Teens reviews vehicle, water, bicycle, sports, recreational, weapons safety and creative problem-solving.

For more information or to schedule a presentation of ThinkFirst in your school, please call us at (251) 415-1547 or email mboles@usouthal.edu. For more information about ThinkFirst, please visit www.thinkfirst.org.

 

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