Protect Your Brain: Wear a Helmet

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Of the 800 cyclists killed each year, one-third are kids ages 5 to 15. Most of the deaths occur because of a brain injury from a bike crash. Proper use of a helmet while bicycling, skateboarding or playing contact sports can reduce the occurrence of brain injury.

Brain Safety Starts With Helmets

There is no concussion-proof helmet, but there are specific helmets for specific sports. Refer to the CDC helmet guide brochures when choosing a helmet for a child or teen. 

 

An appropriate and properly fitted helmet protects against concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) which result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, symptoms can last less than a day or for several months and include:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Changes in normal thinking
  • Memory problems
  • Dizziness or vision problems
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns and fatigue

 

If someone you know was in a bike crash, seek emergency services at a nearby Nuvance Health™ hospital.

 

Concussions

Children, young adults and older adults are at higher risk for concussions. They may also need a longer recovery time after concussion and are more likely to have concussions again.

Preventing concussions and TBI is critical because they can impair:

  • Thinking or memory
  • Movement
  • Sensation
  • Emotional functioning

 

Recovery

Recovering from a brain injury is possible. Consult your doctor for recovery resources and referrals.