Here at the Nottinghill Family Wellness Centre in Oakville, Doctor Knighton sees many sports accidents and head injuries at work which result in concussions, migraines, and whiplash. We Thankfully we offer WSIB and MVA’s and we direct bill to Great West Life, Green Cross and Blue Shield. Doctor Steve is always telling people to wear there helmet. Biking is a great way to stay fit, an efficient and environmentally friendly way to transport yourself. Whether you ride recreationally or competitively and whether you are young or old, wearing your helmet is important for preventing head injuries. In fact not wearing your helmet when you are under the age of 18 is illegal and punishable with a fine.
If you injure your brain it can lead to brain damage and memory loss. Every year, about 300,000 children go to the emergency department because of bike injuries. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85% and brain injuries by 88%. It cushions the head, protects the brain and prevents scrapes or blows to the head. However, if the helmet is not positioned correctly then it will not provide protection to the greatest ability.
The helmet should fit snug on the head, with 2 fingers above the eyebrow and the chin strap just below the chin. It should be buckled tight enough for only 2 fingers should fit between the chin and the strap. The helmet strap should form a “V” at the ears. Keep these tips in mind before riding your bicycle. On average 2,525 people suffer from bike accidents per year in Ontario, and most of the deaths are caused by brain injuries.
Just recently on August 6th, 2012, a man from Toronto died while riding his bicycle and he wasn’t wearing his helmet. Unfortunately for this unlucky cyclist, his head cracked open fully and was pronounced dead on the scene. Remember to ride safely and wear your helmet.