Storm Lake Middle School will sponsor TIPS/Think First injury prevention program for their students on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.
T.I.P.S., an affiliate member of Think First/The National Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program founded by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, is a school-based assembly program geared toward junior high and high school students.
It focuses on the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries experienced by 5,000 Iowans a year, most of them between the age of 15 and 24. Each year the T.I.P.S./THINK FIRST program is presented to over 25,000 students.
The 45-minute program includes a Think First movie featuring young people whose lives have been changed by their brain or spinal cord injuries.
A speaker will provide an overview of the brain and spinal cord, their functions and what happens when they are damaged.
Students will also be given instruction on emergency medical assistance and what to do at a crash scene.
Also on hand will be a young person with a brain or spinal cord injury to give an account of how his or her injury occurred and the consequences.
The program emphasizes the following TIPS:
* Always wear your seat belt.
* Check the depth of water and check for objects below the surface before you jump.
* Drive chemically free.
* Always wear a helmet when roller blading, riding a motorcycle, snowmobile, skateboard, ATV, bicycle or involved in contact sports.
* Avoid situations with potential for violence.