As the weather becomes warmer and the days longer, more and more people are getting outdoors to be active and soak up the sun. With children’s newfound freedom these months, they are some of best at taking advantage of every opportunity to ride around on their bikes, skateboards or roller-skates. While it is important to encourage children to have fun remaining active, it is equally important to make sure they are playing safely.
Our brains are not only used for our breaths and heartbeats, but they are essential for all parts of our daily life: our thoughts, words, actions, reasoning, learning, memory and everything in between. Therefore, our brain is one of the most important parts of our bodies to look out for while trying to have a fun and safe summer. Since a child’s brain is constantly and rapidly changing and growing, it is even more essential to make sure it is being protected.
Helmets are essential for children to wear whenever they are on any non-motorized vehicle in order to protect their heads. Although it is not possible to always prevent a fall or accident from occurring, wearing a helmet can decrease the possibility that the accident will cause a traumatic or permanent brain injury. Helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury, brain injury, facial injury, and fatalities, yet still, the majority of children rarely wear them.1 As this new warm season continues, we have an opportunity and responsibility to change that trend. In addition to enforcing our own children to wear their helmets, we also can serve as examples and protect our own noggins by wearing helmets ourselves. Our brains are far too precious to not do everything we can to take care of them. Please continue to have a fun and active summer, and always remember to wear your helmet.
Contact us today for a wellness physical therapy exam to ensure your safety and remain injury free!
Enjoy the beautiful weather and always stay safe and healthy!
Alicia Bellefeuille, B.S.
Live Your LifeTM
Bringing Physical Therapy & Wellness to You!
Alicia Bellefeuille graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of South Dakota (USD) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish. At USD, she served on the executive board of the service organization which reaches out to Vermillion community members of all ages. Through her involvement in this organization along with her experience as a Home Health Aide, Alicia more thoroughly developed her passion to work with individuals to improve their quality of life. She now will continue her education at the University of Minnesota to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, so that she may have the knowledge to further help individuals promote their overall wellness.
1“Bicycle, Skate and Skateboard Safety Fact Sheet 2016 (PDF).” Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids Worldwide, 2016, www.safekids.org/fact-sheet/bicycle-skate-and-skateboard-safety-fact-sheet-2016-pdf. Accessed 7 June 2018.