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Please wear helmets...correctly

Original post made by Janet Neff on Jun 8, 2006

I just wanted to write to get the message out regarding correct use of helmets in this beautiful phase of spring where folks tend to ride their bikes more often.


This is pertinent to all ages — kids and adults. It is key to wear a helmet, as well as ensuring that the helmet is on the head correctly. In my work at the Stanford Trauma Center, I see many sad cases of traumatic injuries from bike crashes. The head is not terribly forgiving nor easy to heal.


Just want to remind bike enthusiasts to please wear their helmets and make sure it fits well and is placed on their heads correctly. Most errors are (1) not buckling the helmet straps; (2) not protecting the front of the head/brain (helmet is pushed up so forehead and underlying frontal lobe of brain is vulnerable); or (3) helmet is too loose (doesn't fit or straps not tight) and will shift when you fall.


The helmet should be level and the front edge just above your eyebrows. If a helmet has been impacted by a prior "crash" it should be tossed out (cut the straps) and a new one should be purchased.

Janet A. Neff
Trauma Program Manager, Stanford University Medical Center

(published in Palo Alto Weekly 6/7/06)

Comments

Posted by Eric Stietzel, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 10, 2006 at 4:40 pm

And parents need to wear helmets at all times while riding both to show their kids that wearing a helmet is the adult thing to do as well as to increase the odds that they'll be alive and in shape to raise them.

Also, I understand that the next big and really inexpensive step in automobile safety would be wearing a helmet in the car. I'm game, but in many cars I'd have trouble wearing a baseball cap because I have a very long trunk. I'd love to read more about this. Anyone got any info/ideas?