kids! Whether you bike, skateboard, or roller blade, it's a good
idea to wear a helmet! Did you know that injuries involving a
blow to the head are the most common in our society? Keep reading
to learn more.
About 70,000 people in North America
suffer from traumatic head injuries each year, and between 70,000
and 90,000 are left permanently disabled! Head injuries can vary
from minor damage to the scalp or face, such as lacerations,
abrasions, or bruising, to more serious cases involving damage
to the brain.
While traumatic brain injuries
happen less often, it's important to know how to identify them
and what to do for the patient. Loss of consciousness, even for
the briefest period of time, is one of the clearest indications
of a blow to the head.
Here's an experiment to get you
What you will need:
Two large watermelons
One bicycle helmet
A big target (bullseye works best)
An adult to watch you
Lots of spectators
Put the helmet on one watermelon and leave the other one plain.
Take this to a park. Climb on the jungle gym if the park has
one. Climb on one of the highest bars . Have your adult spread
the target over a spot on the ground. Try to hit that. Throw
the watermelon without the helmet on the target. Imagine this
as the dumb person who doesn't wear a helmet. Now drop the watermelon
with the helmet. Make sure that you drop it helmet side down.
Imagine this as you, or the smart person who wears a helmet.
Hopefully it didn't break. All who watch will be very affected,
and hopefully always wear a helmet.
Back to the facts:
Injuries are the leading cause
of brain damage among people under 50 years of age!
A blow to the head may cause temporary unconsciousness with only
minor damage, but severe injuries to the head may cause more
Head injuries before, during, or shortly after birth may cause
a disease called cerebral palsy. All the different kinds of cerebral
palsy have a certain condition where the victim has no control
of a muscle movement. Be one of the smart kids and always where
a helmet when biking, roller blading, or skateboarding!
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