Ironman is getting ready to begin the 2013 tour and Americans couldn’t be more excited. This boundary testing triathlon is the ultimate trial of body and mind to successfully finish the race. Participants must complete a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.
Practically all the cities hosting the race require or recommend participants to wear helmets. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons report that 86,000 of the 447,000 sports related head injuries treated in emergency room in 2009 were because of cycling accidents. A reported 47,000 cases were from football injuries, and 38,394 were from baseball injuries.
In children under 14, cycling was the leading cause of sports-related head injuries. Doubling the number of football injuries, cycling accounted for 40,272 head injuries.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we encourage our patients to take all safety precautions when acting in anything that could cause bodily harm. Dr. Burak Ozgur and the entire experienced medical staff take excellent care to the residents of Irvine and surrounding California areas who need assistance with brain or spine pain relief.
The New York Times spoke with Dr. Gonzalo Vazquez-Casals, a Jamaica Hospital Medical Center neuropsychologist in New York. He reported that people are careless when it comes to safety precautions and bicycling is so universal that people don’t realize how easy it is to get hurt.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 90 percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 in the United States were not wearing helmets. Safety measures also include checking for safe pathways along the roads to avoid motor vehicles. When riding at night, bicyclists are required to wear a flashing light or reflecting vest for drivers to see.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that, in California, roughly 4 percent of accident-related fatalities were bicyclists (99 our of 2,715).
The fact of the matter is that it pays to wear a helmet. In the chance that you or a loved one needs care for a bike related accident, ONE Brain and Spine Center can help.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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