Brain Injury Association of Canada:
Canadian Paediatric Society:
NL Now has BIke Helmet Legislation for all ages. It is mandatory for ALL ages to wear a bicycle helmet while riding. Visit www.gov.nl.ca/bikehelmet for more information.
Head injuries are the No. 1 cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. A head injury can permanently change the way a child walks, talks, plays and thinks.
Most serious injuries and deaths associated with child cyclists involve collisions with a motor vehicle. The most severe injuries are those involving the head and brain; even seemingly minor head injuries may cause permanent brain damage. Other serious injuries include broken bones, facial injuries and serious skin abrasions that require grafts.
Head injuries occur while skateboarding, inline skating and scooter riding. A properly fitted helmet helps protect your brain the same way it does on a bicycle, dramatically decreasing the risk of serious injury.