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Date Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) Encourages Safe Cycling and Always Wearing a Helmet While Biking

Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash, but only 18 percent of bicyclists wear them

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Fresh-air outdoor exercise like cycling is key to physical and emotional wellness, explains Dipak Chandy, MD, a pulmonologist at Westchester Medical Center, who also says studies show  outdoor exercise improves sleep and burns more calories than indoor activities.

Cycling does carry some risk, however, and WMCHealth encourages everyone to follow safety guidelines when venturing out to local roads and trails, such as mask use and social distancing, plus wearing a properly-fitted helmet certified for bike riding.

Bicycle accidents send thousands to emergency departments each year in New York State.  According to the Department of Health, helmet use when cycling can reduce the risk of head injury or traumatic brain injury by up to 88%. But a helmet is only effective if it is worn properly and appropriate for the activity.

While there is no concussion-or-injury-proof helmet, this information will help you learn what to look for, and what to avoid when picking out and fitting a helmet for your child or teen.

WMCHealth emergency departments are open and providing care for illnesses and injuries in a safe, clean and comfortable environment. If it’s an emergency, don’t delay care.  Visit your nearest emergency department or call 911.

For more injury prevention and safety tips, visit westchestermedicalcenter.com/trauma

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration