Brain Trust

Train Your Brain presented to third-grade classrooms across Central Oregon.

For spring of 2021, we will present to both third and fourth graders. If you would like to know the Train Your Brain presentation date for your child's school, and learn how to get a free helmet for your child, please contact your school.

Prompted by an alarming increase of preventable head injuries in young people, The Center Foundation pioneered Train Your Brain as part of our Brain Trust initiative. This elementary school outreach provides innovative, research-based curriculum on the importance of helmet use and brain and spinal cord injury prevention. We reach over 2,000 students each year and distribute over 1,000 helmets annually to those in need.

These helmets should always be worn when participating in any non-motorized wheeled sport, including bicycling, skateboarding, roller blading, and scooter riding. Please help kids stay safe and healthy by encouraging them to be active and take all possible precautions to prevent injury - like wearing a helmet.

If you would like more information, or know of a child in need of a helmet, please call 541-322-2399 or email [email protected]. Train Your Brain is brought to you with the help of our generous sponsors!

Train Your Brain Back Story:

Years ago, a young Bend boy was struck by a car while riding his bike without a helmet. He was rushed to the ER where one of The Center Foundation’s board members, a neurosurgeon, was on call. Tragically, and in spite of our board member’s best effort, the boy did not survive.

As a result, and with the intention of preventing further tragedies, The Center Foundation adopted programs to educate our grade school kids on the importance of protecting their brain and spinal cord by learning and using good safety skills.

Today, The Center Foundation offers educational presentations to youth organizations in Central Oregon, including: elementary schools, boy scouts, pre-schools, summer camps, and English as a second language class. The presentations include age-appropriate discussions of brain and spinal cord anatomy and injury prevention techniques such as street, car, and bike safety. These active and fun sessions conclude with a melon drop helmet demonstration.

Students are asked to bring their helmets for a fit and function assessment. If a child’s helmet is ill fitting or damaged, or if they do not have a helmet, a new helmet will be properly fit and provided by our team of helmet experts at no cost.

Managing traumatic brain injuries in our young athletes

Proper management of closed head injuries in young athletes begins well before an athlete actually suffers a concussion. The Center Foundation initiates the following best practices to manage concussions and prevent devastating Second Impact Syndrome:

  • Athletes in high-risk sports take pre-season baseline ImPACT tests every two years.
  • Athletic trainers and physicians educate teachers, coaches, and athletic directors to detect the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
  • The Center Foundation provides concussion awareness educational information on signs and symptoms to parents and students.
  • Athletic trainers continually educate athletes about the risks of concussions and the importance of reporting their signs and symptoms.
  • If a young athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion, they are removed from play until cleared by a qualified medical professional.

Learn more about our concussion management practices.

Did You Know?

We donate over 1000 helmets per year to youth in our community.

Helmet Safety Tips

If you know of a child who is in need of a bike helmet, please contact Stuart Schmidt at [email protected]