Bicycling is an excellent way for both children and adults to get exercise. However, of the millions of Americans who ride bicycles, less than half wear bicycle helmets. In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle-related injuries requiring emergency medical care. Approximately 50 percent of these injured cyclists were children and adolescents under the age of 20. Each year, 26,000 bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries.
A properly-fitted bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by as much at 85 percent. Children and adults need to wear helmets every time they ride. Remember, adults serve as important role models so they need to wear their helmets too.
Proper helmet fitting
A good-fitting helmet should be snug.
The helmet should sit level on the head (not tilted back) with the front edge no more than 1" (approximately two fingers) above the eyebrows to protect the forehead.
If the helmet shifts 1" or more when pushed, adjust the sizing wheel (or pads) to tighten the fit.
With chinstrap buckled, push up on the front edge of the helmet, then up on the back edge. If the helmet moves more than 1", tighten the chinstrap.
The straps should form a "V" as they rest under each ear. Adjust the straps around both ears for a comfortable fit.
With the chinstrap buckled, the helmet should press against the forehead when the person’s mouth is opened.
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