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An estimated 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a brain injury and 12,000 – 20,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury every year. That is one person every 21 seconds. This means that in the short time it has taken you to read these facts, approximately 13 people have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation. 51 percent of incidents resulting in brain injury occur on the weekend. And most brain injuries take place at night.

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation and St.Vincent Health have teamed together to help educate kids, youth and teens on brain and spinal cord injury prevention.

For information on Bicycle Safety, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and more, visit the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation’s website Get The Facts page at

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Fast Facts

The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation offers a number of 'Fast Facts' sheets, with safety tips and other information for children and adults.

For more information on injury prevention, visit the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation at The website provides information on how to get involved in your local ThinkFirst chapter and offers resources to download for schools and communities.

For more information on the St.Vincent ThinkFirst chapter, or to schedule a presentation, please contact Karen Terrell at 317.338.2336 or 317.460.9459. You can also send an e-mail to