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How a helmet addresses the threat of a concussion

Though a recreational activity everyone age enjoys, cycling without the right protective gear is dangerous. While helmets are a legal requirement for anyone under the age of 18, the serious threat of a concussion should encourage every cyclist to put one on.

Concussions have the potential to be life-threatening, particularly when the injured rider did not have adequate head protection.

Defining the seriousness of a concussion

A fall off of a bike has the potential to injure a rider in a number of ways, but one of the more serious concerns lies with concussions. These are traumatic brain injuries typically caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. The initial incident may not seem significant, and riders may continue to go about their day without any indication of something far more serious going on. Concussions do not always cause a loss of consciousness, and it could take days or weeks before cognitive, emotional or physical symptoms develop.

Signs of a concussions include

  • Dizziness
  • Change in consciousness
  • Severe headache
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Amnesia
  • Fluid leaking from the ears or nose

Protecting from the damage of a concussion

Wearing a properly fitted helmet can significantly reduce the potential for severe head trauma during a bicycle accident. Fit the helmet to your head and ensure that it is sitting level. Make sure it covers the forehead and rests just above the eyebrows.

Even with the right helmet, any cycling accident could lead to serious injury. Always seek medical attention if you become injured in an accident to avoid letting a minor concern turn into a major condition.

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