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Aug 15, 2012
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Bike Helmet Fittings & Sales at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Bike Helmet Fittings & Sales at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Every year, more than 500,000 Americans experience bicycle-related traumas, and over 300,000 of those victims are children. These injuries are worse than just falling off a bike and getting scratched up—they involve serious enough traumas for patients to be admitted to the hospital.

Advocate Lutheran General health practitioners treat numerous severe traumas related to bicycle accidents and many of those patients are between 5 and 19. Most of them do not wear helmets, resulting in several deaths each year.

Through Safe Kids, an organization dedicated to eliminating preventable injuries, Lutheran General Hospital offers a yearly program where families can purchase toddler, youth and adult bicycle and multi-sport helmets for $10. A variety of styles and colors will be available and trained staff members offer custom fittings and education on how to wear helmets correctly.

Visit the Trauma Service Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or the Children’s Resource Center on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Parents can also call (847) 723-9484 to schedule an appointment.

The Bicycle Helmet’s Role

Helmets are important because they protect the head during a fall or collision by acting as a shock absorber. This makes the impact less severe and can reduce the number of severe injuries by 80%. Without a helmet, the brain can slam into the inside of the skull, causing bruising, stretching, tearing or bleeding of the brain.

Which Helmet Is Best?

Choose a helmet based on the activity for which it will be used. Bicycle helmets are only for use on bikes, where multi-sport helmets can be used on bikes, roller blades, in-line skates and skateboards. Riding motorized scooters and motorcycles require very different helmets. Regardless of the type you choose, all helmets should comply with federal safety standards to meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.

Fit is another important factor. A properly fitted helmet should be comfortable, but snug. It should sit level on the head. Helmets that sit too far back on the head expose the forehead and those that sit too far forward limit visibility. The chin strap should be loose enough to allow one or two fingers between it and the skin, yet tight enough to prevent movement when the head is turned side to side or back and forth.

Know When To Replace Your Helmet

Helmets have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every few years, especially when children are growing rapidly and if the helmet is showing signs of damage. Make sure to keep it stored in a room temperature or cooler space. When a helmet is stored in the heat, the shell can become deformed and make the helmet ineffective. Also, any helmet that has been in an accident is no longer effective and must be replaced.

Fee:

 

$10 per helmet
Cash or check only

Call:

 

(847) 723-9484
for more information

Children’s Health Resource Center

Yacktman Children’s Pavilion
1675 Dempster Street, 2nd Floor
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Helmets are sold in partnership with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Trauma Services and the Safe Kids bicycle helmet program. For more information, visit Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Trauma Services

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