Kids: Wear Those Helmets!

It's almost time for school to start again, and that means it is sports time again. All year long teams will be forming, kids will be playing, and injuries will be occurring. So, let's just state it now. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET! 

I know, I know, your coach insists on your wearing a helmet. But we all know that you would rather not, and that sometimes you forget to cover that lovely brain of yours with protection. After all, even King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table wore helmets, so why doesn't every kid wear them for every sort of sport?

Now, I am not such a worry wart that I would insist on helmets for everything, but then again . . . . Okay, so you want to know why I insist that you wear a helmet. The reason is simple, according to the U.S. Consumer Product safety Commission, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of sports related deaths, and 21 percent of those occur in kids.

A traumatic brain injury can happen when you get hit in the head. The blow causes the brain to sort of take a time out. The effect can cause you to be confused for a few moments, lose consciousness, slip into a comma, or even die. So why take a chance? Your brain is important, so wear a brain bucket to protect it.

Come back next week, and we'll talk about concussions. What is a concussion? How do you know whether or not you might have one? How can you get one wearing a helmet? And, what you should do if you are hit in the head--besides tell your parents?

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