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BIAA - South Carolina

Advocacy & Prevention

Bringing about changes in knowledge, attitudes and behavior to prevent brain injuries and the violence that often causes brain injuries.

Brain Injury Prevention

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina has teamed with the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association to help decrease the number of new injuries among the younger population with the ThinkFirst curriculum. Please contact the BIASC for more information on how to get involved as a VIP or health educator. (803) 731-9823

ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation

Each year, an estimated 500,000 persons in the United States sustain a brain or 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 children, youth, and teens 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 'use your mind to protect your body'. ThinkFirst is an injury prevention program that assists educators in teaching students the consequences of poor choices and the importance of good decision making. Our unique and powerful tool is our VIPs (Voices for Injury Prevention). These are individuals who have sustained a traumatic injury through a poor choice that they or someone else made. They live with the consequences daily by dealing with a lifelong disability. VIPs provide their personal testimony and peer-to-peer interaction with students so that others can learn from their mistakes and prevent a traumatic injury or death.

Partnered with our VIP's is a health educator who will provide valuable information about how most injuries in our community occur, how to prevent them, and demonstrate models of the brain and spinal cord to discuss what happens to these parts of the body when they are injured.

The Brain Injury Association of SC collaborates with SC ThinkFirst to bring this evidence-based program to your school at no cost. The program can be fully customized to meet time constraints or to focus on a particular issue facing a school (i.e. recent drowning, fatal car accident, violent act, prom night, etc).

Please call us to schedule a program or if you have questions. 803.731.9823 or toll free 1.877.TBI.FACT.


Survivor Wallet Card & Letter

BIASC has created a wallet card for brain injury survivors. This card will assist survivors when they come in contact with others who are not aware of the signs and symptoms of brain injury. Simply print the card and letter that accompanies it. Fill in the information on the card and present the card and letter to your physician for his/her signature.

Download Card | Download Letter

Public Policy Information

The National Brain Injury Association maintains a terrific online advocacy resource where you can learn more about policy issues impacting the brain injury community. 

Visit the Public Policy Center

Concussion Programs

South Carolina Student Athlete Concussion Law

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that changes the way the brain normally works. It can happen in any sport or recreational activity. On June 7, 2013, SC's Student Athlete Concussion bill, H. 3061, was signed by Governor Nikki Haley. The law requires school districts in SC to provide information fact sheets on concussions to all coaches, volunteers, student athletes and parents or legal guardians, removal from practice or athletic competition if an athlete has sustained a concussion, and written medical clearance must be approved from a physician before a student athlete can return to play. South Carolina's Student Athlete Concussion Law can be found here.

Know the Facts 

  • More kids ages 5 to 14 go to the hospital emergency department with injuries related to biking than any other sport.
  • Each year, bicycle-related crashes kill about 900 people; about 200 of those killed are children under 15.
  • The number of people who ride bicycles rose from 66.9 million in 1991 to 80.6 million in 1998.
  • Bicycle incidents are most likely to occur within five blocks of home.
  • Almost half off all bicycle crashes occur in driveways and on sidewalks.

Helmets Make a Difference:

  • In 1997, 813 bicyclists were killed in crashes, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year. Of these, 97 percent were not wearing helmets.
  • Medical research shows that 85 percent of bicyclists head injuries can be prevented by bicycle helmet.
  • About 50 percent of all bicycle riders in the U.S. regularly wear bicycle helmets - a rise from 18 percent in 1991.
  • Universal use of helmets could prevent one death every day and one brain injury every four minutes.
  • Half of all bike riders, do not wear a helmet regularly, which is the single most effective protection against brain injury.
  • Having friends or parents who wear bike helmets significantly encourages children to use them.

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