Preventing Summer Injuries

September 15, 2008 11:39:26 AM PDT
Summer is a great time to be outdoors but did you know that a popular summertime activity for children is actually the number one cause of sports-related head injuries? Bicycling causes more traumatic brain injuries than football, but Dr. Gail Rosseau, neurosurgeon, Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery, shares some easy ways to prevent what can be fatal mistakes when it comes to summertime play.

Fact: Everyday in the U.S. a child dies from a cycling related injury.

Fact: Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent.

Fact: No more than 41 percent of child bicyclists use bicycle helmets.

Three steps to properly fit a helmet:

  • 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

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