Protect That Head!

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What are the statistics relative to head injuries in sports?

Protect That Head!

Safety measures in all walks of life have evolved over the years. The days of rolling around in the back of mom's station wagon are long gone, as is feeling the wind in your hair while zooming down the street on a two-wheeler. Along with car seats, safety belts and airbags have come biking helmets and protective head gear for almost every sport. Everyone from hockey players to skateboarders, from kayakers to equestrians all require helmets.

Impact with another player, an object or the ground are obvious head pain causes in sports and recreational activities. If you consider the statistics relative to traumatic head injuries related to sports and recreation, it all makes sense. Consider these stats:

  • From 2001-2005, over 207,000 sports and recreation-related visits to the emergency room from head trauma were treated each year.
  • The highest rate of sports-related traumatic brain injury (head trauma) occurred in the 10-14 year old age group, with the 15-19 year old group coming in second.
  • The sports and activities with the highest number of emergency room visits, and therefore the highest risk, were bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and riding all-terrain vehicles.
  • The next highest risk activities were horsebackriding, ice skating and sledding.
It's no wonder helmets are required for virtually every sport. Parents need to make sure kids not only have the proper protective equipment for their heads, but that they actually wear it. And adults participating in sports and recreational activities where helmets are recommended should take the suggestion. It may not be the greatest fashion statement to wear a helmet, but it sure beats the alternative. If you sustain a blow to the head that results in dizziness, amnesia, headache, nausea, vomiting, ear ringing, or slurred speech, these are signs of a concussion and you should seek medical attention. At, you can use the free clinician finder for help in your area.



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