BIALA is committed to preventing injuries by educating the public on risk factors and behaviors that contribute to brain and spinal cord injury. Our areas of focus are on bicycle safety and concussion prevention in sports. We support and disseminate the educational information for the following programs: Helmets on Heads, in conjunction with the ThinkFirst Foundation for bicycle safety, and Heads Up: Concussion in Sports, in conjunction with the CDC for concussion awareness and prevention.
Interactive Website explains youth brain injury statistics
As the number of reported cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases in professional sports, so too does awareness of concussions at the college and amateur levels. The NFL now takes helmet to helmet contact as a serious offense after coming under intense scrutiny for allowing players to reenter the game after sustaining brain jarring hits. Professional leagues have their reputation and financial interests to consider, but what about little league players or high school athletes looking to advance their game to the next level? The following interactive data visualization breaks down the total number of traumatic brain injuries sustained by children under 19 years of age between the years of 2001 and 2009. The data, taken from a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is categorized according to gender, age range, and sport/activity. No matter your level of expertise on the subject, the numbers have a way of speaking for themselves. Follow the link below:
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ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Foundation – Helmet on Heads
We are dedicated to encouraging and educating bike riders of all ages on the importance of wearing a helmet. Everyone has a role to play in bike safety, including parents and caregivers, elected officials, schools, health care professionals, community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Helmets on Heads offers educational handouts and opportunities to help everyone get involved and take action in protecting themselves and those around them. Please visit the ThinkFirst Foundation website www.thinkfirst.org for complete details about the program.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – Heads Up: Concussion in Sports
To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. Please visit the CDC website www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup for complete details about the initiative.
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