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A major health threat facing young people today is unintentional injury. High-risk behaviors contributing to injury continue to threaten the health and the quality of life during adolescence, defined here as ages 10 through 19 years. In fact, more adolescents in USA die from injuries than from all other causes of death combined (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) 2010).

Risk taking is a normal part of adolescent life. Managing risks and distinguishing between safe and unsafe risks are important survival skills. Unintentional injury is responsible for nearly half (45.9%) of all deaths to adolescents, killing and disabling young people in the prime of their lives (CDC 2010). In 2006, 7,873 US adolescents died from unintentional injuries – the equivalent of 22 deaths each day (CDC 2010). Most, if not all of these injuries, are preventable.

Prevention can occur before an injury-causing event (such as avoiding a motor vehicle crash by not drinking and driving), during an...

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Sleet, D.A., Ballesteros, M.F., Borse, N.N., Baldwin, G.T. (2011). Injury Prevention. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_371

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