Choose a Bicycle Helmet Carefully-And Wear It!
Sandhya Katz, MD
New York Emergency Medicine Physician, Sandhya Katz, MD with
Emergency Medicine Services at Nyack Hospital explains how
to select and wear a bicycle helmet for maximum safety.
Nyack, N.Y. May 1, 2014 - Bicycle riding is a great form of exercise, but it’s important to do it safely. Helmets are a key part of bicycle safety. Buy a helmet that fits properly, and wear it every time you ride. The benefits of bicycle helmets for both adults and children are obvious: they can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%, and cut the risk of brain injury by up to 88%.
Your bicycle helmet should be snug, level and stable on your head. It should cover most of your forehead before you make any adjustments. If your forehead isn’t covered, try a bigger helmet.
After putting on the helmet, before you buckle the chin strap, shake your head to see if it shifts from side to side. If it does, you’ll need to tighten it with pads or the ring at the back and base of the helmet, or you will need a smaller helmet.
Here’s how to make sure it fits correctly:
Other bicycle helmet safety tips:
For more information about bicycle helmets and other bicycle safety issues, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles.