All Helmets Are Not Created Equal

I really thought this was common sense…

Had I not just written a post about parents knowingly putting their young children in danger’s way, I would write a long and judgmental blog right now about how I wanted to yell obscenities at a father yesterday while taking a leisurely walk with my husband and our dogs. Instead, I’ll just tell you what I saw.

A man riding a dirt bike through our neighborhood (Strike 1 – Not a street legal bike) with his toddler-age son (Strike 2 – Not a double occupancy bike) who was wearing a foam bicycle helmet (Strike 3 – Not gonna help much your child flies 100 feet and lands head first on the pavement). 

Let me end this by saying that I am in no way anti-motorcycle. I grew up riding and racing dirt bikes and ATVs and I think they are a lot of fun, albeit inherently dangerous, when used in the right context and with appropriate safety equipment. My dad has a gorgeous red Harley and he loves it, but I’m not sure I could ever get on one again…after working in the ER they scare the bejeezus out of me 
 (on that note, dad – please for the love of God get a helmet for that thing). If you want to endanger your life, then that’s your choice but please, use your brain when operating heavy machinery and think twice before putting your child’s life at risk.

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  • i work at a surgery center that treats children with severe tooth decay…blackened stubs of what's left of teeth, abscesses…the whole shebang. I find it really, really hard to grasp how parents could let their kids get to that point…It pisses me off even MORE when the kids come back after a year and need MORE work because they still didn't brush their teeth…

    i could probably rant a long time about it too so i understand how angry it makes you too :/

  • (posting here in reply to your comment on my blog)

    Thanks for commenting! I love finding med student/doctor bloggers because it helps me remember they are "real" people just like me who have already been down the path that I'm struggling to follow.

    I have heard that med school isn't as scary as people make it out to be. The program I'm in right now is a special 1-year masters program that is designed to mimic the first year of med school, basically the only difference is a lighter course load. I think the professor makes his classes ridiculously hard on purpose so that it makes med school seem "easy" in comparison. At least that is what I've heard from graduates of this program.

    I slacked off in undergrad because I was doing coursework for two degrees, so I wanted to do this masters program to focus on medical science and really show my dedication to a future career. the hardest part has been getting back into an academic mindset to study after being out of school for a couple years. It's still so intimidating, though, and I guess I just need to remember that I will never completely know everything and will always be learning (that's one of the reasons I love medicine).

    Thanks again for your reassuring words! I like what Ive read of your blog so far! Good mix of medical stuff and fun stuff :)

  • Very sensible!

    It is notable that in general motorcycle helmets cannot be substituted for other types of helmets, either because of their potential danger (as with horse riding, where a motorcycle helmet could injure a horse) or because like bicycle helmets, a motorcycle helmet cannot be used for more than one impact (for example with gridiron).

    People do need to know that helmets are not the key to bicycle safety as much as safe riding.

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