LoveYourBrain Tip: Wear A Helmet

WEAR A HELMET

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BRAIN HEALTH | 5.2.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

With outdoor activity season ramping it, it’s important to think about how we can protect our head while cycling, rock climbing, ATV riding, etc.  

Among bicyclists, it is estimated that wearing a helmet can reduce one’s risk of getting a traumatic brain injury by 85%.  That’s one convincing statistic!  

One thing to keep in mind is that it’s important to wear a helmet specifically designed for the particular activity you’re participating in.  Also, wear your helmet properly: keep it level, wear the chin strap, and make sure that it doesn’t move around.  

Fact or fiction?  Helmets prevent concussions.  FICTION!  If this were true, concussions would never occur in football.  Unfortunately, no helmet has been proven to prevent concussions.  However, helmets do indeed prevent skull fractures, which are indicative of a more severe brain injury.

If you’re a parent, be a good role model and wear a helmet when you ride your bike too!


So let’s all love our brain by wearing a helmet to protect our heads.