Each year, an estimated 1.7 million persons in the United States sustain a brain injury, and 12,000 - 20,000 sustain a 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.
ThinkFirst, is an award winning, national injury prevention program. It provides safety education to school-age children in the hope of reducing serious injury. The program helps educate youth about personal vulnerability and risk taking behaviors. Physical therapists from Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, who are ThinkFirst volunteers, are dedicated to providing this injury prevention program to young people, school officials, community program members, and community leaders. Burke offers the program free of charge to organizations that serve youth.
For more information call Elizabeth Dominick, PT, at (914) 597-2393.