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Health Library : Adolescent Medicine

 

Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety

Although a great form of exercise, riding a bike, in-line skating, or skateboarding without protective gear can be dangerous.

The most common and often most serious injury sustained with a bike, on in-line skates, scooters, or while skateboarding, is a head injury. Head injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in these types of crashes. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury and reduce the severity of the injury in the event of a crash. However, even with aggressive bicycle helmet programs and laws, only about 25 percent of children 14 and under usually wears a helmet.

Wearing a helmet whenever riding a bicycle, in-line skates, or a skateboard should be an automatic habit. Helmets should fit properly on your child's head and also be fastened correctly. A properly-fastened and fitting helmet does not move around on the head.

Teaching your children bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboarding safety could save lives. Listed in the directory left is additional information related to bicycle, in-line skating, and skateboarding safety.

If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet address that may contain additional information on that topic.


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