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Why are bike helmets important?

Monday, May 19, 2014

By: Betsy Hansen


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As a neurological surgeon, Richard Harrison, MD, knows the importance of a bicycle helmet. When someone breaks a bone, it can typically be reset and heal without life-lasting effects. When someone has a head injury – there is a lot more at stake. As an avid bicyclist, Dr. Harrison never leaves home without his helmet.

 

A few years ago, a dog jumped on Dr. Harrison while he enjoyed a bike ride on a country road. The force of the dog tipped the bike over and caused Dr. Harrison to fall on his hip and the back of his head. Fortunately, he was wearing a bicycle helmet which absorbed most of the shock.

 

Dr. Harrison suffered a concussion yet was able to return to work about a week later. He thanks his helmet for protecting him from a more serious outcome. Since his accident, Dr. Harrison keeps his broken helmet at his desk to remind patients that wearing a bike helmet is extremely important!

 

In the video below, watch and listen as Dr. Harrison tells us the detailed story of his bike accident.

 

 

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Richard Harrison, MD, is a Board Certified neurosurgeon and has been with BayCare Clinic since its inception. Dr. Harrison received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Outside of his practice, Dr. Harrison enjoys flying, skiing, biking, and spending time with his family. Learn more here.

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