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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Presents the ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Clinic and Distributes Free Bike Helmets

Released April 1, 2016

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Presents the ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Clinic and Distributes Free Bike Helmets

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – April 1, 2016 – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, in association with the City of White Plains Parks & Recreation Department, will be hosting a ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Clinic on Saturday, April 9, where they will be offering free bicycle helmets for kids ages 3 – 18, as well as providing injury prevention education to children and their parents.

Burke, a leader in medical rehabilitation, including traumatic brain injury, is the local affiliate of the ThinkFirst program, a national injury prevention program that provides safety education to school-age children in the hope of reducing serious injury. Burke physical therapists, who are ThinkFirst volunteers, present the program at schools and through community organizations as a way to help educate youth about personal vulnerability and risk taking behaviors. The program is offered free of charge.

“The ThinkFirst program is a great way for kids—and their parents—to learn and understand more about why helmet safety is important and what they can do to help prevent a life-changing injury from happening,” says Elizabeth Dominick, PT, DPT, NCS, program director of the Spinal Cord Injury/Neurological Program at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Chapter Director of the ThinkFirst program at Burke.

The helmets are being made possible by a grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation thanks to the generous support of Forester Capital.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will take place at Public Safety Headquarters at 77 South Lexington Avenue in White Plains. It also features a car seat safety demonstration, where trained professionals will show you how to safely and correctly install and use your child’s safety seat. Admission is free and open to all, and registration can be done on-site. Helmets will be offered while supplies last.

The event is sponsored by the White Plains Police Department, Safe Kids: Westchester County and Tom Lavelle State Farm Insurance.

For more information on Burke’s ThinkFirst program, call Burke Rehabilitation Hospital at (914) 597-2480. For more information on the event, call the City of White Plains at (914) 422-1339.

About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, NY. Founded in 1915 through an endowment from philanthropist John Masterson Burke, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. As of 2016, the hospital is now a part of the Montefiore Health system, Inc. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or surgery. Burke serves patients from around the metropolitan New York area and throughout the world. The hospital’s renowned physicians, clinical researchers and therapists provide state-of-the-art treatment and all share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, please visit burke.org

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