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Posted on: August 17, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Hey, where's your helmet?

Most kids are in the middle school range and probably think wearing a helmet makes them appear "uncool". But we're also seeing a growing number of small children on razor scooters not wearing helmets. Often, the kid's parents are in tow, and apparently oblivious to the hazard.

Scooters, like skateboards, offer a smooth, fast ride -- until the rider hits a small rock or crack in the sidewalk. The scooter then comes to an abrupt stop while the rider continues forward eventually striking the pavement. The head is usually the first or second part of the body to hit. The weight of one's head combined with the force of the fall makes it nearly impossible to avoid a serious strike. Head injuries are often severe and can be life-long and disabling.

Parents: If your child is riding a bike, scooter, skateboard, skates or any other device on wheels, make sure that they are wearing a helmet and any other safety equipment that is recommended by the manufacturer. This goes for you as well. Helmets come in a wide array of styles, are comfortable, and are designed to funnel air around your head to keep you cool. There is no excuse not to wear a helmet. The injuries we see are sometimes very serious and usually could have been completely avoided if the rider was simply wearing a helmet.

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