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Preventing Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury prevention resources

1. Centers for Disease Control

1.1. CDC injury prevention resources (Home & Recreation, Vehicles, violence etc)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) index of prevention resources by topic and program-The CDC mission is to prevent injuries and violence, and reduce their consequences. We strive to help every American live his or her life to its fullest potential.

2. Fire safety/prevention

2.1. Fire Safety for Wheelchair users

'Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home' with on-line training.

3. Swimming & Diving Safety

3.1. Swimming & Diving Safety organizations and resources

Swimming & Diving Safety organizations and resources include the following:

Diving Choices
By: Gracie Schwartzman
Distributor: Shepherd Spinal Center, PR Dept.
2020 Peachtree Road, NW., Atlanta, GA 30309

  This video kit addresses the hazards of diving from the point of view of three persons with spinal cord injury. Discusses diving safety and spinal cord injury. Designed to be shown primarily to schools, civic groups and businesses. Kit includes door knob hangers, rulers, pamphlets, and stickers at no charge up to 25. (6 minutes)      Cost: $22.50

Foundation for Aquatic Injury Prevention
11230 White lake Rd, Fenton, MI 48430
800-342-0330 or e-mail ron@aquaticisf.org
This non-profit educational group is dedicated to reducing the number of diving injuries, drownings and near drownings. FAIP is comprised of victims, their families and others dedicated to the prevention of tragedy in the water. FAIP is engaged in a variety of activities including education, legislation and support.

Go Off the Deep End for Pool Safety
A "Tip Sheet" [in PDF Format] on preventing spinal cord injuries that result from pool accidents. They point out the costly consequences of SCI and tips for pool owners for keeping their pool safe. Developed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dept. of P M & R and sponsored by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) and the UAB Health System. To request a free copy call 205-934-3283 or Email: sciweb@uab.edu

Lifesaving Resources
13746 Smoketown Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Lifesaving Resources provides aqautics safety and water rescue professionals with information, training, resources, and supplies necessary to prevent injuries.

Swimming Injury Prevention
Reviews ways to prevent injuries that occur in swimming pools. Information sheet by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Project Wipeout
Available from: Hoag Hospital, Att: Kris O'neal (Oncology)
301 Newport Blvd., Box 4, Newport Beach, CA 92658-8912

  This video is of one young man who becomes spinal cord injured after diving head first into shallow water at the beach. Portrayed in great detail by actors, his story covers the injury, rescue operation and medical procedures, acute care and rehabilitation. Very realistic portrayal of the events following injury, as well as the emotions experienced by both the victim and his family. Surfing and diving safety is also addressed. (30 minutes)                   Cost: $25.00


4. ThinkFirst Foundation

4.1. ThinkFirst Foundation

 Think First Foundation

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation's educational programs are aimed at helping people - especially those at high risk: children, teens and young adults - learn to reduce their risk for injury. Compelling presentations explain how an injury can change a person's life forever and how important it is to make safe choices. The message is simple: Use your mind to protect your body! Drive safely, buckle up, wear protective sports gear, avoid violence, don't dive into shallow water and avoid falls. Think first!

The ThinkFirst Foundation provides onsite or online chapter training to hospitals and health-related facilities. ThinkFirst chapters provide powerful, thought-provoking programs to students of all ages. "Street Smart," the Safety Superhero, delights young children, while teens relate to VIP speakers - Voices For Injury Prevention - who explain how a traumatic injury needlessly changed their life. Each year ThinkFirst chapters provide thousands of educational presentations to schools, businesses, organizations, conferences, and community events in order to raise awareness on preventing injuries.

ThinkFirst is a source for:

  • Theory-based, evidence-based injury prevention programs for all grade levels

  • Compelling educational presentations: use the 'Chapters' tab to find a ThinkFirst Chapter near you

  • Injury prevention facts

  • Educational materials and resources

  • ThinkFirst chapter training

  • Injury prevention involvement: speaker, volunteer and support opportunities


ThinkFirst's mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy.


ThinkFirst's vision is that students of all ages have access to ThinkFirst programs in order to increase their ability to lower their risk for injury, thereby significantly lowering the incidence of injury-related death and disability for all age groups.


5. Video presentations on preventing SCI or other catastrophic injuries

5.1. Darrell Gwinn foundation


The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries

Please enjoy this video and learn more about who we are, who we help and how you can help us fulfill our mission!