Health Watch -- Bicycling: Protecting Your Head
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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about bicycling. A helmet is an essential piece of bike safety equipment, and you should wear one whenever you ride. But doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say you should be aware that helmets won't protect you from all head injuries.
Dr. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says that helmets may protect against skull fractures, but closed-head injuries, such as concussions, may occur even if you wear a helmet. That's why it's important to not only wear a helmet, but to also bicycle safely. Children should stay off busy streets, and shouldn't dart in and out among parked cars. All cyclists should obey traffic laws. That means stopping at stop signs and signaling before making a turn.
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