Engaging in certain activities can put you at risk for a concussion and brain injury. Whether you are skiing, cycling, riding a motorcycle, skateboarding or participating in other high risk activities, please remember to wear a properly fitting helmet to protect your precious brain. I know at times it ruins the mood (can’t wear that cute ski hat) or it’s just not cool to show up at the skateboarding park wearing one, but just ask someone who lives with a brain injury or who is recovering from concussion and they will urge you to do so! Injury to the brain can change your life, and it’s not pretty, so please be kind to your noggin!
In addition to wearing a helmet, it is important to watch out for other people on the roads. Drivers of vehicles need to accept the fact that motorcycles and bicycles share our roadways and they have the right to do so. Please respect them. Motorcyclists, you should also practice safe operation of your bikes. Be educated in where to position yourself behind vehicles to be seen, always have your head and taillights on, and avoid weaving in and out of traffic. Motorists have a difficult time seeing you at the best of times.
This also is true with cyclists. Be sure to follow the rules of the road. I have seen so many cyclists do things like ride the wrong way on a downtown one-way street, try to sneak by a car who has signalled they are turning right, and they try to pass on the right (drivers cannot see you!), and riding two and three abreast on highways. These activities put you at a great risk.
Don’t be a fool! We all like to have fun, especially in the summer. Do not dive into a shallow pool, or into any water where you don’t know what lurks beneath. It can be shallow, there could be rocks, or much seaweed that can tangle you up and put you at risk of drowning. If you do survive, loss of oxygen to the brain for a period of time can cause brain damage.
Bottom line – go out and have fun, but come home with your brain intact!!