Concussion and Helmet Safety: Top Tips to Save Your Brain

Written by Connor Mayne

It is a nice summer day and you decide to keep the car in the garage and take your bicycle to work. But what should you do to be safe? In general, what are tech tips when sizing up the correct helmet? There are many ways to prevent concussions using helmets, but modern tools make it easier. Here are some safety tips you should be following, if you’re not already.

Get The Right Fit

You could have the best technically-designed helmet in the world. But, if it doesn’t fit, then it’s useless. Also, if you’re not wearing the helmet, then it does you no good. So, make sure you get a good fit by getting several measurements prior to your purchase.

A helmet should sit on top of your head in a level position. It shouldn’t rock back and forth or from side to side. The helmet straps should always be buckled, but not too tightly. You can visually verify this by putting it on and looking up without moving your head. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet and the rim should be one or two finger-widths above your eyebrows. Any more than that, and it’s not in place. Any less, and it’s way too loose.

Your ears should be set in the middle of the straps such that they form a “V” under them when the helmet is buckled down.

Now, open your mouth as wide as you can. You should feel the helmet hug your head. If you can’t, tighten the straps until you can.

Use The Appropriate Helmet For The Activity

Different helmets have different purposes. Children should always wear a helmet for all sporting activities where they will be riding on a bike or anything motorized.

Use bike helmets for riding bikes, and a certified skateboarding helmet for skateboarding. Skiing, using heavy machinery, and rollerblading all require specialised helmets.

Buy From A Reputable Supplier and Maintain It

Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer, and never buy a used helmet. If you suspect that you were sold a used or defective helmet, and you were injured, consult with specialists who can help you make a legal claim or who can help you assess your legal options.

Learn How To Use The Helmet

Maintenance is important. Always ensure a proper fit before engaging in the activity. Check and inspect the helmet before each use for cracks or any other sign of physical damage. When in doubt, trash it, and buy a new helmet.

Periodically, you should have your helmet replaced. For example, if it gets knocked around a lot, you will need to replace it sooner than if it never gets bumped.

If it’s exposed to fluctuating temperatures, it needs to be replaced probably every season or every other season, at least.

Various chemicals, like bug spray, can also degrade the inner and outer shell of most helmets, so keep that in mind. Some experts suggest that even natural body oils can contribute to the degradation of a helmet.

Use Lights

When riding at dusk, and especially at night, make sure you’re using lights so that you can be seen. Make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It’s also a good idea to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective badges, patches, or stripes.

There’s An App For That

The CDC “Heads Up” Concussion and Helmet Safety App helps you learn what a concussion is, how to spot one, and what to do if you think you, your child, or a friend might be suffering from one (or some other brain injury).

The app also includes a cool 3D helmet fit feature which shows you how to properly fit your helmet and how to take care of it.

About the Blogger 

Connor Mayne works in a senior health and safety position. He likes to share his thoughts and insights Online. His articles mainly appear on health and lifestyle blogs.

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