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Health Information For Teens
Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors. But before you start pedaling, be sure you’re up to date on how to do it safely.
One important thing to keep in mind when choosing a bike is making sure it fits you. Here are some ways to tell if yours is right:
Wearing a bike helmet use isn’t just smart. In many states it’s the law.
Many bike accidents involve a head injury, so a crash could mean serious brain injury or death for someone who doesn’t wear one while riding. Each year in the United States, many people are seriously injured in bicycle-related accidents, and most of those injuries could have been avoided if a helmet was worn. To protect against brain injury, make sure you wear a correctly fitting helmet on every ride.
Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a helmet:
What you wear when riding a bike is also very important for safety:
Here are some must-know safety tips:
It’s important to know the arm signals for changing direction or turning. Don’t change directions or lanes without first looking behind you, and always use the correct signals.
Use your left arm for all signals:
If you can, keep your bike indoors, especially on rainy days. This will help to keep your chain rust-free. You’ll also want to check your tire air pressure (the correct pressure is on the sidewall of the tire), the brakes, and the chain (for grease and tightness) often.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
If you’re having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help!
How can you tell if you have a concussion? What should you do? And what’s going to happen with sports and school? The facts are all on this site for teens.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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