LAKE CITY, Minn. — Learning to ride a bicycle is a part of most childhoods in the U.S. More than 70 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 14 ride bicycles, and 55 percent of those children don’t always wear a helmet, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. At the same time, in-line skating and skateboarding are also popular.
Next to motor-vehicle injuries, bicycles injure more children any other consumer product, per the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Head injuries are the most common and often most serious injury sustained on a bike, in-line skates, scooters or skateboards. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury due to a head injury.
“Summer weather promotes great outdoor activities, such as biking and skateboarding,” says Steven Adamson, M.D., Emergency Department director Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City. “However, bicycle and skateboard injuries are far too common in the Emergency Department. Wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear along with following safety rules can prevent many injuries. Adults and kids need to take appropriate safety precautions.”