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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