Children's Hospital employees and medical staff -- the Hard Head Patrol -- are patrolling neighborhoods looking for children wearing their bike helmets. If they find them, the kids will receive a Giant Eagle Cookie Card. If the helmet is worn incorrectly, the pros will make adjustments.
If children are found without helmets, they will get a coupon for a free helmet and fitting.
Upcoming helmet fitting events will be held:
July 12, 4-7 p.m. Kohl's Department Store, 700 Butler Crossing, Butler.
July 19, 4-7 p.m. Kohl's, Century III Mall, West Mifflin.
July 26, 4-7 p.m. Kohl's, Route 228, Cranberry.
Aug. 2, 4-7 p.m. Kohl's, William Flynn Highway, Richland.
For more information, call Children's Injury Prevention at 412-692-8229 or Community Education at 412-692-7105.
Researchers in Australia recently released results of a new study that confirmed that people risk serious injury when they ride a bicycle without wearing a helmet.
If you crash while riding without a helmet, you expose your head and neck to forces up to 9 1/2 times greater than if you were wearing a helmet, concluded a biomechanical study conducted at the University of New South Wales. A dummy head and neck was dropped from selected heights onto a moving impact surface to replicate real-world results of falling from a bicycle at various speeds and heights.
The helmetless could suffer a concussion from a fall of just 1 1/2 feet while the bike is standing still, the researchers found. But helmet wearers will be protected from serious injury even from falls of 4 1/2 feet at speeds of up to 15.5 miles per hour. The study was published last month in the Australian journal Traffic Injury Protection.