Thursday, 27 March 2008

Protect your head

Next week is Action for Brain Injury Week 31st March - 6th April 2008. Thank you Ellee for reminding me.
Every 15 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a traumatic brain injury. Of the 1,000,000 people treated in hospital emergency rooms each year, 50,000 die and 80,000 become permanently disabled.
Some things to remember;
1. Wear your seat belt!
In a car, truck or airplane, your seat belt will help protect your head and brain from injury. Motor vehicle accidents are by far the greatest causes of brain injuries, accounting for 37-50% of all brain injuries.
2. Wear your helmet!
Head injury is the most common cause of death in bicycle crashes accounting for 62% of all bicycle-related deaths
3. Stay away from illegal drugs!
Although damage done by some drugs can be reversed, some drugs may change brain function permanently
4. Know the risks involved with sports!
This applies mainly to boxing, football and the martial arts. However, even football, climbing, horseback riding, diving and skiing have risks. Always wear your safety equipment properly and be in good physical condition for your sport.
5. Look before you leap!
I know it sounds impossible, but people DO dive into swimming pools without water. Dive only in the deep end of the pool and make sure that the water in the lake and at the beach is deep enough to dive in head first. Also, be aware of any objects, such as large rocks, that may be hidden under the water.

There are up to 1,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the United States when people dive into swimming pools or other bodies of water
And, you don't have to be knocked unconscious to sustain a brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also known as concussion , can damage your brain at the cellular level .Worse, repetitive head injuries , even minor ones, can have serious repercussions – including permanent brain damage or death.
This is why my sons head banging is life threatening as he has had multiple concussions.
Protect your head.

On a lighter note whilst googling about protecting your head i found this!

47 comments:

Chris H said...

so, has C got his new helmet yet??? How does he find it if he has? I wore the seatbelt on the plane last weekend all the time... just cos I could get it on! It's still a novelty to actually FIT a plane's seatbelt! There was a time when I couldn't get it done up.

Casdok said...

Yes C now has his helmet and no it dosnt fit! Am not suprised as he wouldnt really let anyone near his head to get the right measurments. So we have to go back.

motherx said...

Im thinking W may have to get a helmet when hes older. He keeps running into walls as he cant slow down. Its very worrying.

motherx said...

Im thinking W may have to get a helmet when hes older. He keeps running into walls as he cant slow down. Its very worrying.

Ellee Seymour said...

Casdok, Many thanks for giving this a plug too, it is such an important issue.

I thought you might be interested in this link I just stumbled across It may not help C, but may still interest you:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2007/1103-autism_caught_on_tape.htm

Suzy said...

Hi Cas,

It really is an important issue.

Loved the Alien Helmet too.

Love to you and C

Suzy

the mother of this lot said...

Sorry C's helmet doesn't fit. Maybe third time lucky? Let's hope so.

buffalodickdy said...

Alien abduction helmet? I hope it comes with a free cork in case of anal probe...

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Cas thank you, that last link will provide hours of amusement! Where do you come up with this stuff?! BG

titration said...

That last link in particular is so crazy. Quality find. :) And very educational post.

Mel's World said...

What a great issue and information! Thanks for putting it out there...

As a matter of fact, last night at my son's baseball game a kid (13) got hit in the head with a baseball (he was wearing a helmet), but it was a 60 mile per hour pitch right at his head. It was scary for EVERYONE there.

Can I ask about the thought helmet? What's that about?!?!?! Ha!

Thanks again,
Melissa

Eagles' Wings said...

That's very informative. Thank you for sharing that.

Vi said...

You've just reminded me, I need to buy bicycle helmets for my boys. Unfortunately hardly anyone wears helmets while cycling here. In Oz, it's illegal not to.

Christy said...

Statistics are always so alarming. I wish more people paid attention to themselves and their surroundings. So much harm is senseless.

How will you be able to have the helmet refitted?

laughingwolf said...

one must protect one's bean, we are not issued spare parts... :(

g'luck in getting proper measurements for your son!

Dianne said...

this is an important issue and your advice is so sensible, amazes me how many people don't pay attention. there's a Dad around here that rides his bike with a baby carrier on the back, neither of them wear a helmet!! so stupid.

I loved the thought screen helmet - I could come up with some other uses for it -like anyone with an attitude has to wear one around me :)

KAREN said...

That's a really serious website, isn't it?? How funny.

Very good advice, re: head protection though. I absolutely won't let my children ride their bikes without helmets, even though they hate them.

Joker The Lurcher said...

i love the alien abduction thing! i needed a laugh, although my day has improved with some brilliant news - my husband's brother is a perfect match to be a kidney donor for him!

monsoon-dreams said...

casdok,
very informative post.one of my teachers had a head injury last month and was in a very serious condition.thank God,he is recovering now.i am going to forward this post to my friends.thankd for sharing.

Melissa said...

Good advice. I also adhere to the "Tuck and Roll" philosophy when falling down...

lime said...

what an important message. thanks for sharing casdok. and i am thinking the folks selling the alien thought protecting helmet must not have used the appropriate helmet in other situations where they were warranted. sheesh!

E said...

You missed your calling. You are a teacher....

Pixie said...

loved the alien headgear !
I'm just grateful that both boys do cars with seatbelts at all times nowadays.
How annoying to have the helmetthe wrong size, when C is in such need of it.
pxx

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Wow last night HS and I were talking about a friend of ours who fell downstairs and hit his head on stone flagstones. He suffered a serious brain injury. Luckily - although it took a long time, our friend did make a pretty good recovery.

Another friend of a friend has just been rushed to hospital with a 'bad' headache which turned out to be a brain hemorrhage . . life can change in an instant.

Maggie May said...

Sorry the helmet doesn't fit. maybe he will let someone measure him next time!

Dr.John said...

I was going to leave a long thoughtful comment but now I have to quit blogging and make one of those thought screen helmets so the aliens won't get me. It takes four hours you know. Without your help I would never have found the site.

Rosie said...

always something interesting chez vous...I would like the thought screening helmet myself...just in case

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Thanks for a great post! It is soo true...people need to wear their seat belt. I had a good friend in high school not wear his and was in an accident that wouldn't have been too but but he hit his head to hard put him in a comma and when he finally came out of it he was never the same. He went from being really funny and lively to rude and immapropiate and had some serious social problems.

I have also seen some friend unfortunently get into drugs and that has caused some serious problems and even trigger biopolar and schizophenia in them. They will me on med the rest of their lifes.

Thanks for the good post and for trying to get people to be more responsible!

Jade said...

Wow...a helmet that stops alien abductions....hee hee.

On a serious note, thank you for the education in brain and spinal cord injuries.

My best wishes for you and C!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I will definately have to get myself a thought screen helmet.

Mima said...

Sorry to hear that C's helmet doesn't fit, and after all that trauma. Great advice about head injuries!

Ian Lidster said...

Really good advice, hon'. I think people would be amazed if they knew how many brain-injured people there are out there. And, once it has happened, there is little chance to go back.

Traceytreasure said...

I'm with Jade. That Alien abductions helmet is funny! If I disappear, I'll probably be wishing that I'd invested in one! Once again, visiting your site made my day. I wish I'd known about #3 in the '80s. Too Late!
Maybe that explains a lot! Hugs!

david mcmahon said...

Here in Oz, even back-seat passengers have to wear seat belts, which is great. And in the 10 years that I rode a motorcycle, I always wore a helmet.

You're so right about spinal cord injuries - and people who dive into unfamiliar water holes and pools.

Hope you and C had a great Easter. We just got back from Sydney - hence the long silence.

Dave Coulter said...

I remember that was one of my mom's great fears - one of us diving/jumping into water badly.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

That was all very good advice...but how fantastic is the thought helmet? For a minute there I thought they were just wearing waterproof hats; it just shows how ignorant I am.
Pigx

family affairs said...

My cousin in Canada specialises in this area. She has developed a national programme whereby they go into schools - act out an accident involving a child not wearing a helmet, take the injured person to hospital and act out the whole trauma, including post operative care - eg physio, hydro-therapy, psychiatry and so on...it has had the desired effect on reducing injuries as you can imagine - definitely think it should be introduced or increased here.

Mrs. C said...

BLEH You have to go BACK for another fitting?? Like somehow C hasn't figured out what's going on the first two times and is going to just follow you in there nicely??

How are you going to get him in?

I thought you had the helmet taken care of doggone it!! Arggg. Don't suppose they could sedate to help him at all? It sounds so traumatic!!

The alien abduction thing is awful cute though. Bless you, I'd be spitting nails I'd be so mad at the procedures.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

What a very good and informative post - and I just loved the anti-alien helmets. Bless their hearts. M xx

leslie said...

In Canada, everyone riding in the car must wear a seatbelt. Children now must sit in government approved car seats or booster seats until the age of 9, I think it is. My grandson is so used to his helmet that he wears for riding his bike that he often forgets to take it off when he goes to do something else. I wonder, though, how did people of my generation ever survive?

Flea said...

I'm thinking I need that alien helmet for my poor cows. I had to stop an abduction last week.

Angela said...

Too bad about the helmet for C

Shari said...

I insist the kids wear bike helmets. I get choruses of "Mo-om! NO one wears them! They laugh at us." To which I retort, "Who will be laughing when your head gets split? If I were their mom, they'd be wearing helmets, too. End of story."

Kathryn said...

I think people sometimes forget these basic rules. A good reminder!

Jim said...

I played alot of sports when I was younger (1960's and 1970's) and I had some concussions through many sports including cycling.

Ron said...

Thanks for the IMPORTANT reminder. I get VERY nervous when I see someone riding a motorcyle without a helmut. I'm pretty sure it's manditory here in the US...but I guess some people choose not to abide by it!?!?

Hey...I also clicked on the cool link you left and found the Alien Abduntion Helmut!!! I think it's too late for me, though....because I AM an alien!

tee-hee!

Enjoy your weekend, dear lady!

akakarma said...

Good post there Ms Casdok! I work with some folks with TBI and it's not a funded treatment with few specialists! My Husbands cousin actually was paralyzed from the neck down via diving into a pool.