Reduce Summertime Injuries, Wear a Helmet

June 16, 2009

Summer has arrived and children are gearing up to enjoy the outdoors on their bikes. While inflating the tires and checking the brakes are important  Рa helmet is essential. Head injuries from riding a bike are the most preventable summertime injuries.

“The most important thing to prevent head injury is to wear a helmet every time you ride a bike,” said Casey Bittenbender, MD, a primary care physician in New Albany. “Adults and children should always wear a helmet no matter how short the distance traveled. Each year more than 267,000 bicycle injuries occur. But wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of injury by 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent.”

 Follow these three steps to properly fit a helmet before riding a bike:

  • When looking upward the front rim should be barely visible to the eye
  • The Y of the side straps should meet just below the ear
  • The chin strap should be snug against the chin