March 20 is the first day of the spring season. Beautiful colors are starting to pop out of the dreary winter landscape with the increase in temperature. Many of us are ready to go outside and play after being cooped up all winter.
For some of us this means dusting off the bikes, tricycles, skateboards, ATV’s and other outdoor toys. In all of the rush and excitement to get the toys out of the garage don’t forget the headgear. Head safety should always be foremost when participating in any activity that could potentially result in a head injury.
The brain is very crucial to the functions of the human body. It is the computer center of all the body’s activities. The brain is made up of several different sections. Each section is responsible for controlling specific functions. That is why every head injury has different results.
Wearing a helmet may not prevent a head injury altogether in every situation; it will however lessen the severity. It is also important that the helmet fits correctly. If the helmet is does not fit the head correctly, or the straps are not tightened, it could actually assist in causing an accident. Make sure when you move your head in all directions the helmet stays snugly in place.
People have many excuses for not wearing helmets. Some of them are that helmet are hot and heavy feeling. Today’s helmets weigh very little and you can buy a helmet that has vents to keep you cooler.
Another big reason people do not wear helmets is they think it makes them look silly. Actually, you are silly for not wearing a helmet. Would you drive your car without buckling up or let your children go without seatbelts? Most children today are so conditioned to wear seatbelts they will not leave the driveway without them.
If you do not already use helmets, it is not too late to start. Be a trend setter and a good example to others. We only get one brain and it is important to protect it.
Sara Walz is a nurse with the Jackson County Health Department and a member of the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board, a Mayor-appointed, volunteer board that promotes and advocates community health by assessing health issues, educating the public and government agencies, developing plans to address health issues, encouraging partnerships and evaluating the outcomes.