Thursday, September 16, 2010

Helmets: Necessity Not Accessory

Yesterday my brother was riding his bicycle and got hit by a car, which landed him in the hospital.

The good news, if you can see the silver lining of this, is that the most major injuries he suffered was a major concussion, several stitches on his face and head, many scrapes and bruises and aching body parts. The best of it is that he is alive, awake and talking.

For hours and hours yesterday, of repeating answers to the exact same questions he kept asking, his short-term memory is shoddy. He can't remember some major milestones, current events or even how old he is. This result is completely normal of a head injury when a concussion is involved but still scary nonetheless.

However, had my brother not been wearing his helmet, and properly, this outcome could have been much, much worse.

Therefore, today is my mission to say to you, now and LOUD is that children AND adults anytime they are on a bicycle, tricycle or scooter should wear a helmet.

I have seen many, many, too many times a child or adult on a bicycle not wearing a helmet. For children, even if it seem that a fall to the ground may be less since they are closer to the ground the injuries that could result still could be great. It is our responsibility as parents to protect them.

As adults, whether you are riding a high-end racing bicycle or casual road cruiser, PLEASE WEAR A HELMET. And, helmets NEED to be worn properly. Many the helmets are not secured with the strap or are loose fitting, or not situated properly on top of the rider's head.

Below are several links to various sites that can help provide you the best approach to wearing a proper fitting helmet, and how to choose one. If you have any questions or want some advice as well visit your local bike shops as they are more than happy to help you so you and your loved ones can be safe.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/easystepsweb/index.htm
http://www.bhsi.org/fit.htm
http://www.bellracing.com/public/media/products/Bell_ProperFit_Helmets.pdf

Ride safely!!!

1 comment:

  1. I really hope that your brother is doing OK. This is a very good post. People tend to think that only kids need to wear helmets. Adults need to wear them as well.

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