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Injury Prevention Inventory: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
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A Compendium of Injury Prevention Strategies, Sample Measures, & Resources




Sample Measures

Additional Resources


Supporting Resources

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School-based sports concussion policy

Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Resource document for parents, coaches, and school professionals that provides information about states, schools, sports leagues and organizations that have created policies or action plans on concussion in youth and high school sports.

Traumatic injury prevention education







Think First! For Teens




ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation

Injury prevention education program for middle and high school aged students.



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Online tool that provides free training and resources to help recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

Disseminate Pediatric Mild TBI guidelines through large health systems or state health organizations


Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This workgroup is comprised of leading experts in the field of TBI and was established to create a clinical guideline for use in doctor’s offices and emergency departments

Integrated Approach to Sports Concussion Prevention and Management (Return to Learn and Play Processes)


Returning to Learning Following a Concussion

Mark E. Halstead, Karen McAvoy, Cynthia D. Devore, et al., Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and Council on School Health

This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning

Sports Concussion Resources

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

This website provides resources on sports concussion for physicians, coaches, parents, and athletes

A Countywide Program to Manage Concussions in High School Sports

United States Sports Academy

This report discusses the effectiveness of the Countywide Concussion Program which was developed to address the problem of concussions sustained in contact sports in both public and private high schools. The Countywide Concussion Program’s goal is to increase concussion awareness, identification, and management

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Sample Measures

Sample Distal Measures for Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

Sample Proximal Measures for Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

  • Emergency department visits
  • Fatalities
  • Hospitalizations


  • Communities with helmet ordinance
  • Injured student athletes reporting being checked by a doctor or nurse
  • Links between statewide surveillance systems that can inform TBI and SCI prevention
  • Participants/organizations reached through TBI and SCI prevention trainings
  • Partners actively engaged in implementing TBI and SCI prevention programs and policies
  • Partners involved in concussions coalition groups
  • Police reports related to TBI and SCI
  • Schools adopting policies/procedures that address sports concussions
  • Schools participating in concussions training programs
  • Schools reporting student concussions into a central data system
  • Student athletes removed from playing
  • TBI and SCI prevention policies adopted
  • Trainings related to TBI and SCI prevention

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Additional Resources Related to Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

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New Jersey Safe Schools Program: Student-Athlete Concussions

Rutgers School of Public Health

This webpage provides student-athlete concussion resources for nurses, athletic trainers, teachers and coaches

Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Initiative that provides educational resources to raise awareness about the leading causes of child injuries in the United States and how they can be prevented

The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report

Trust for America’s Health

This report highlights a set of indicators that provide the public and policymakers with information about the status of some key injury prevention policies in states, and provides recommendations for key strategies to reduce injuries in the United States

The State Health Department’s Role in the Policy Process

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This document was created to provide guidance to CDC funded state health departments about their important role in informing and evaluating policy to prevent injuries and violence through active participation in the policy process

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Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations associated with the strategies and resources listed within this inventory are exclusively those of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Safe States Alliance.


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