Remember To Wear Your Helmet When Doing Extreme Sports

 By: Mark Fjord
Natasha Richardson was only 45 years old and enjoying a skiing holiday with her husband, the famous actor Liam Nielsen; a simple fall on the bunny slopes led to Natasha getting back up on her feet and dusting herself off while chatting to her family and friends, a little shaken she walked off the slopes but despite the instructor telling her to get to hospital but she refused because she felt perfectly fine.

Natasha was not wearing a helmet and the blow to her head soon demonstrated how serious even minor blows can be. Natasha developed a bad headache within an hour of the accident and despite getting to hospital; she tragically died the next day.

Natasha Richardson is by no means the only celebrity to have died as a result of an accident involving a blow or impact to the head when they were not wearing a helmet. Sonny Bono died in a similar accident on the ski slopes as did Michael Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy along with hundreds of other people in similar circumstances.

Extreme sports provide thrill seekers with the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in adrenaline rushes and excitement, but with this come an elevated risk of injury, particularly to the head. This is why is it is absolutely essential to wear a helmet whenever you are engaging in extreme sports or any activity where there is a risk to the head.

Any blow or collision involving your head which impacts with a greater speed than 15 m.p.h. is highly dangerous. The human body is simply not designed to withstand collisions at speeds greater than this, and though the outside of your body may be in good shape or only suffer minor cuts and bruises, it is the damage to the brain itself which is the issue.

When your head suffers from a blow or impact, the brain itself is moved - your brain has a consistency similar to jello. The brain moving against the inside of your skull leads to bruising and swelling and this is referred to as a concussion. While a concussion can be serious and unpleasant for the sufferer, it is not the worst that can happen. The brain itself may bleed, known as "brain bleed", and like a concussion the effects may not be noticed immediately, but the damage has occurred so treatment is necessitated immediately. This is why Natasha did not feel she needed to get to the hospital as soon as she was hurt, but valuable time was lost in getting treatment until the condition had deteriorated to such a tragic extent.

Wearing a helmet does not guarantee protection from brain trauma, but studies have shown that cyclists wearing a helmet are 85% less likely to suffer brain trauma than a cyclist without one. Wearing a helmet can soften the blow to the head, which in turn ameliorates the damage to the brain inside the skull, though there are no guarantees. The safest course is to wear a helmet and to seek immediate medical attention if you do hit your head - each year, 1.5 million people suffer a brain injury and there are over 5 million Americans who have to live with brain injuries, make sure you and your family never become part of those sad statistics.
loading...
Author:
Artice Source: http://www.articlesphere.com

Related Articles in Extreme Sports


People interested in the above article are also interested in the related articles listed below:

Exercising is necessary to maintain a healthy life, but the best kind of exercise is when it is also enjoyable, fun and addictive so you don't even realize it is so good for you. Surfing takes place in the middle of the cool ocean, on a hot day with the sun beating down on you and the waves at your feet. If you are interested in knowing how, it is easy to learn how to surf and with a little bit of practice, you will be good to go and having the time of your life.
The ASP surfing tour travels all over the world having events at all the best surfing spots across the world from Australia to Hawaii. Different legs of the tour are sponsored by different top surfing companies including Quiksilver and Billabong.
The allure of flying has prompted man to make remarkable discoveries and developments in the fields of transportation, entertainment, and even sports. For who would not want to soar high above to experience a bird's eye view of spectacular sceneries?

More in Extreme Sports

Excellent, Larry. Thank you for taking the new article directory technology and making it work to the max. I encourage everyone to keep contributing and contributing regularly. I can attest to the fact that this site is already a strong directory in a field of many. Kudos to Larry!

Matthew C. Keegan
The Article Writer

 

I find it a delight to use both as an author and a publisher. It is full of nice little surprises that make the whole process of writing, reading and publishing articles a complete delight. This is one that comes out tops and beats the rest hands down.

Eric Garner
Managing Director
ManageTrainLearn

 

I did a Google search and came across your site. It was exactly what I was looking for and was elated to find such a broad range of articles. As I am launching a free magazine in a small town in Florida, I wanted to be as resourceful as possible while still being able to provide some content that is interesting and well written. Your site has all the variables in the mix. Excellent Site hitting all the notes in the scale sort of speak.

Mo Montana
Florida, USA

Article Topics

 
Copyright © 2005 - by Larry Lim, Singapore - Article Search Engine Directory at ArticleSphere.com™
All Rights Reserved Worldwide. All Trademarks and Servicemarks are the property of the respective owners.
ArabicBulgarianCatalanChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CzechDanishDutchEnglishEstonianFinnishFrenchGermanGreekHaitian CreoleHebrewHindiHungarianIndonesianItalianJapaneseKoreanLatvianLithuanianNorwegianPersianPolishPortugueseRomanianRussianSlovakSlovenianSpanishSwedishThaiTurkishUkranianVietnamese