On September 11th, the ONSF ThinkFirst Foundation presented ThinkFirst! For Youth & Teens—Use Your Mind to Protect Your Body to over 200 members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.
Scott Simon, MD, MPH, a neurosurgeon and director of the ThinkFirst ONSF program delivered the talk. Dr. Simon specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders including operative and non-operative treatment of scoliosis and regularly treats patients with concussions from sports injuries and other causes.
The program focused on keeping students injury-free by emphasizing skills to withstand peer pressure, develop decision-making abilities and build a confident self-image. Discussions included vehicle safety — the importance of wearing your seatbelt and the danger of texting while driving; bicycle safety including the importance of wearing a helmet; sports and recreational safety and violence prevention.
The many questions asked and the lively exchange of ideas demonstrated that the information presented was well received by the audience.
The Boys & Girls Club expressed their appreciation with the following statement: “Thank you to ONSF for running an injury prevention seminar for our members. . . community partnerships with organizations such as ONSF are part of the many ways we help provide safety education for our members.”
To learn more about the ONSF ThinkFirst Foundation and view a ThinkFirst presentation please visit www.onsf.org/prevention/thinkfirst.