Brain & Spinal Cord Injury PreventionRocky Mountain Hospital for Children at The Medical Center of Aurora

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at The Medical Center of Aurora

About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a head injury disrupts the normal function of the brain. This serious health problem contributes to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability.

Not all bumps, blows or jolts to the head lead to a TBI. These injuries range from "mild" (a brief change in mental status/consciousness) to "severe" (an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after injury). Most TBIs are concussions or other forms.

About Concussion

A concussion is a type of TBI caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that changes the way the brain normally works. Concussions also happen when the head and brain move quickly back and forth during a fall or hit to the body. More Concussion Information:

Concussion Treatment vs. Concussion Management

The best treatment for concussion is rest, and it can take one to three weeks to fully recover. Management throughout the recovery process is vital.

For student athletes, creating a support system is vital to concussion management.  Adults at home, at school and on the field, should work together to alter the student athlete's environment, maximizing concussion recovery.

REAP Concussion Management

The REAP Project helps student athletes and their support network understand how to modify the concussion recovery environment that will prevent further injury and promote healing.

REAP: Reduce, Educate, Accommodate, Pace. The REAP program works on the premise that concussions should be managed by a multidisciplinary team:

  • the student athlete
  • family
  • members of the school team
  • medical team

More Information: Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s concussion program

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries happen to thousands of Americans each year. These injuries can cause significant physical and emotional distress as well as time away from work. Common causes include violence, motor vehicle crashes and sports-related injuries.
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ThinkFirst Denver Metro - Injury Prevention Program

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million brain injuries and 12,000 - 20,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the US.  In addition, injury is the leading cause of death among children and teens. However, most injuries are preventable! The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation has award-winning, evidence-based programs that teach others to reduce risk for injury.
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ThinkFirst was founded by neurosurgeons in an effort to decrease unintentional injury -- the leading cause of childhood death and disability. HealthONE is a member of ThinkFirst Denver Metro and we are proud to provide the comprehensive educational services to Denver Metro area youth with the  "use your mind to protect your body" message.

Programs Free of Charge

ThinkFirst for Kids (Grades 1-3) Increases knowledge and awareness among children, including information about the causes and risk factors of brain and spinal cord injury, as well as injury prevention measures and the use of safety habits.

ThinkFirst For Youth (TFFY) (Grades 4-8) The ThinkFirst For Youth program helps students learn the importance of protecting themselves during a time that they are increasingly faced with decision-making challenges involving their safety.

ThinkFirst for Teens This upbeat program teaches teens about risk taking and personal vulnerability. The message of this program is that  teens can have an exciting, fun life without hurting themselves when they think first and use their minds to protect their bodies.