Health Tip: Wear a Helmet
Wearing a helmet during certain sports or recreational activities can protect you against a serious head injury, including brain damage.
The U.S. National Safety Council recommends wearing a helmet if you participate in:
- Riding horses or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
- Baseball, softball or football.
- In-line skating or skateboarding.
- Rock climbing.
Health Tip: Prevent Skateboarding Injuries
When skateboarding, falling is the last thing you want to do. But practicing how to fall safely can help you reduce your risk of injury.
The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions:
- Practice crouching down low on the skateboard if you start to feel unbalanced. That way, you won't hit the ground from so far up.
- Try landing on the softer, fleshier parts of your body, not bones or joints that are more prone to injury.
- Practice rolling when you fall, instead of absorbing the impact with your arms.
- Practice relaxing your body instead of tensing up as you fall.