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Pedestrian alert! It’s a no-brainer: Wear a helmet to prevent injury

June 2, 2013

Vancouver, BC – The brain is one of the most complex and important organs in our body, yet only .00001 per cent of British Columbians choose to protect it with a helmet while walking.

With the popularity of foot-propelled exercise growing in our communities and beautiful weather just around the corner, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is encouraging pedestrians of all ages and types to protect their heads and don a helmet.

“Our skulls can be fractured at relatively low speeds,” says Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer at VCH. “Whether it’s strolling in front of a car, running into a pole or simply tripping over your feet and hitting the ground, wearing a helmet will give you an added layer of protection and absorb the shock of any impact. Up to four out of five pedestrian-related brain injuries could be prevented if every pedestrian wore a helmet.”

This is especially important for children since their brains are constantly changing and growing. In fact, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of severe injury to children running about, accounting for 29 per cent of all playground-related hospital admissions. A helmet that fits properly protects the head by absorbing the force from a collision or fall, decreasing the risk of traumatic brain injury in children by as much as 88 per cent.

“At the end of the day, we should take whatever steps we can to stay safe and prevent injury,” Dr. Daly adds. “Cuts, bruises and broken bones will heal, but brain damage can last a lifetime.”

** This is a copy of an article originally posted by VCH. Some of the words were changed to expose the hypocrisy.–wear-a-helmet-to-prevent-injury


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