Helmets Help Prevent Head Injuries
September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
A college student and experienced pageant competitor, Kelly Dillard was named Miss North Texas in 2011. Dedicated to community service, Kelly Dillard has championed physical fitness and helmet safety.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, helmets can reduce the risk of substantial brain and head injury by 85 percent. While cuts, scrapes, or fractured bones will heal, brain damage can be irreversible. Helmets should be worn during biking, inline skating, skiing, horseback riding, and other pursuits that carry the potential for falls or collision. Many states have laws that require helmet use, particularly for children.
Making sure a helmet fits properly is very important. A helmet that is snug and secure will not move from front to back or from side to side. Its chinstrap should also prevent it from rocking back and forth. Additionally, the helmet should sit level on the top of the head and cover the forehead without leaning in any direction. Because helmets are designed for specific sports, they should be chosen according to activity.