WHAT IS THINK FIRST?
Think First, the National Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program, is an award-winning public education effort targeting teens and young adults. This program is a registered service mark of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Think First is presented at junior and senior high schools at no charge. The program begins with a high-energy video in which several young people describe their experiences as disabled trauma survivors. A brief anatomy discussion is then given, showing what parts of the body can be affected by these injuries. The program also includes speakers who have had traumatic injuries that can speak about their own experiences with the injury and rehabilitation processes. The program is designed to be interactive, allowing students to participate by volunteering to help demonstrate the lessons, or by asking questions. Think First stresses prevention and "thinking first" in order to avoid permanent brain and spinal cord injuries. The main message of the Think First program is that young people can have a fun, exciting life while taking precautions to avoid injury.
HOW DOES MAGEE REHABILITATION HELP?
In the Delaware Valley, Magee Rehabilitation serves as a regional Think First training and coordination site. Magee's healthcare experts and former patients lead the assembly programs that are sponsored by both Magee and various additional community partners.
HOW CAN I GET THINK FIRST TO PRESENT AT MY SCHOOL?
Think First programs can be discussed and coordinated by contacting Keith Newerla, Community Program Coordinator, 215-587-3412, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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