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09/11/06   |   By

Sport Safety: Doctors Urge Helmet Use | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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According to the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (AANS), one in five serious brain injuries to children or teens occurs during sports or other recreational activities.   AANS website includes public service announcments to educate the public about the importance of helmet wearing.

In 2005, U.S. emergency rooms treated over 500,000 bicycle-related head injuries involving children under the age of 15, according to statistics cited by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Other causes listed among the top ten of head injuries: football, baseball and softball, basketball, water sports, skateboards and scooters, powered recreational vehicles, winter sports, soccer and trampolines.

Dr. Arthur Day, vice president of AANS stated that, “It’s just a common sense sort of situation. What we have to do is change the public perception that it’s not cool to wear a helmet. Seatbelts used to be not very cool to use, but now everybody uses them.”

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