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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
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:

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

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! The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation's award-winning, evidence-based programs are aimed at helping people learn to reduce their risk for injury.

ThinkFirst programs educate young people about their personal vulnerability and the importance of making safe choices. The message is: You can have a fun-filled, exciting life, without hurting yourself if you "ThinkFirst." Buckle up. Drive safe and sober. Avoid violent situations. Lower your risk to fall. Wear a helmet. Check the water before you dive. Use your mind to protect your body!

Our network of ThinkFirst Chapters provides powerful, thought-provoking, upbeat programs to students of all ages. "Street Smart," the Safety Superhero, delights young children, while teens relate to our VIP speakers - Voices For Injury Prevention - who share 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.

Visit our website often to learn about ThinkFirst events, ThinkFirst Chapter locations for scheduling school programs, and ordering educational products. We also invite you to be a "partner in prevention" by supporting ThinkFirst events and contributing through honorary or memorial donations. Working together, we can play a significant role in helping kids learn to "ThinkFirst!" 


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!