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Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and share time as a family. But before you and the kids start pedaling, be sure you’re up to date on how to do it safely.
Bicycle helmet use should be mandatory for everyone in your family, no matter where you are or how short the ride. 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, about half a million kids 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 your kids wear a correctly fitting helmet on every ride.
Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a helmet:
What kids wear when riding a bike is also very important for safety:
Here are some must-know safety tips to teach kids:
It’s important for kids to know the arm signals for changing direction or turning. Make sure they know to never change directions or lanes without first looking behind them, and to always use the correct signals.
Use the left arm for all signals:
One of the best ways to help kids learn safe bike riding is to set a good example by following the rules of the road yourself. Most important, always wear your helmet.
The sun is shining – why not dust off your bike and go for a ride? Before you hit the trail, though, read these tips on the right type of bike and gear you will need.
Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.
If you’re having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help!
Some kids aren’t natural athletes and they may say they just don’t like sports. What then?
Some simple rules can keep you safe on two wheels. Lean more about bike riding in this article for kids.
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.
Concussions are serious injuries that can be even more serious if kids don’t get the time and rest needed to heal them completely.
Concussions are serious injuries. Here’s how to help protect kids and teens from these mild traumatic brain injuries.
Head injuries can be external or internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.
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.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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