ThinkFirst—National Injury Prevention Foundation

Each year, an estimated 1.7 million persons in the United States sustain a brain injury, and thousands more sustain a spinal cord injury. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death among people between the ages of 1 and 44. Traumatic injuries are an epidemic.

Unlike most epidemics, this one is preventable now. You don’t have to wait for a cure. Most injuries can be prevented with safe engineering and safe actions.

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 our powerful, thought-provoking 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 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.

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ThinkFirst is your 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


For more information on prevention visit the ThinkFirst website.

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