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Bike Helmets Cannot Protect Your Kids from All Injuries

Diligent parents often insist that their young children wear helmets while bicycling. However, bike helmets do not protect children against all head injuries.

Helmets are great at protecting children, as well as adults, from severe head injuries, such as cracked skulls, but most helmets you will find in the United States are not able to protect children from concussions.

Minor traumatic head injuries have even been linked to long-term health problems in adults such as depression and chronic cognitive impairment.

Epidemic of Concussions among Children

The reported instances of youth concussions has doubled between 1997 and 2007. Much of this increase may be because of greater awareness in the public and among doctors about concussions. The increased number of reported concussions may also be a result of better medical diagnostic procedures.

Youth sports as well as recreational activities frequently can cause concussions in children. With regard to bike helmets, as stated above, the helmets are designed to protect against severe head injuries, but leave riders vulnerable to more minor injuries that can also cause concussions.

Concussions are a serious medical condition in and of themselves. The symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, amnesia, nausea, and vomiting.

But, the exact causes of a concussion are still not entirely clear. Doctors know that some sort of head trauma causes them, but what exactly causes them is not known.

Essentially, all that is known for sure is that some types of head trauma causes the brain to move or rotate within the skull causing damage to certain parts of the brain. Also, it is believed that repeated small hits can be as damaging, or even more damaging to the brain, than a few major hits.

Concussions are also disconcerting because they are associated with long-term medical issues such as memory loss and other mental problems.

Also Read: The Risk for Bicyclists in Florida

Avoiding Unnecessary Hits

While it is impossible to keep kids safe 100% of the time from bumping their heads, as after all kids will be kids, it is important to take reasonable safety precautions. Indeed, some organizations are taking steps to limit exposure to head trauma that can cause concussions.

The American Youth Soccer Organization has recommended that kids under 10 not do "headers" (use their head to hit the ball) in order to reduce concussions.

Youth football leagues are also teaching "Heads Up" programs to teach children how to play safely without putting their heads at unnecessary risk. Undoubtedly, youth sport leagues and schools across the country are becoming more vigilant in preventing and treating concussions.

Negligence as a Factor

As a parent you of course act diligently to protect your child's health. But, if someone else puts them in danger to their recklessness or negligence, you must be willing to assert your rights against the dangerous behavior of others and contact to Florida Bicycle Accident Attorney.

Talk to An Expert Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today

If someone has caused you or a family member to be injured through their own negligence, you should consider speaking with a Florida personal injury attorney to advise you.

To help answer your questions or concerns about personal injury claims, contact the Law Office of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC.

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