Why Wear a Helmet If It Can't Prevent Concussions?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.concussions, concussed, bike safety, helmets, bike helmets, ride without a helmet, head injuries, ski, sled, snowboard, wrestling, football, footballer, cheerleader, cheerleading, sport, sports, brain, sports injury, injured, injure, hurt, headache, dizzy, teen, teens, adolescent, prevent concussions, can helmet prevent concussions, sit it out, recover from concussion, coaches, brain injuries08/25/201505/30/201705/30/2017Nicole M. Marcantuono, MD05/30/2017e13e18f3-9a3a-43c7-a0fb-fd515fea3781https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/helmets-concussion.html/<p><em>My friend told me that helmets don't prevent concussions. If that's true, what's the point of wearing one when I ride my bike?<br /> &ndash; Eddie</em></p> <p>Here's why people wear helmets when <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bike-safety.html/">biking</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-skiing.html/">skiing</a>, or doing other activities that can lead to head injuries: <strong>Helmets are a way to help protect your head from injuries like cuts and skull fractures.</strong> Always wear a helmet when doing any&nbsp;sport or activity where there's a chance you might hit&nbsp;your head against something like a tree, the ground, or another person.</p> <p>Your friend is right: No helmet can prevent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions.html/">concussions</a>. There's no way to keep the brain from moving inside the skull. If you hit your head hard enough, your brain can bang into the hard bone and cause a&nbsp;concussion.</p> <p>Some "special" sports helmets and other new products claim that they can protect you from concussions. But studies don't back up these claims. As long as a helmet is right for your sport, hasn't been damaged, and is approved by the sport's governing body, it really doesn't matter how much it costs or how fancy it is.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Concussions aren't always preventable. But you can avoid other serious problems by taking care of yourself if you get one. If you take a hit to the head while playing sports, </span><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions-sports.html/" style="font-size: 1em;">sit out the rest of the game</a><span style="font-size: 1em;"> and get advice from your doctor.</span></p> Por qué hay que usar cascos si no pueden prevenir las conmocionesLos cascos son una forma de proteger la cabeza de lesiones, como los cortes y las fracturas de cráneo. Lleva siempre casco cuando practiques cualquier deporte o actividad donde exista la posibilidad de que te golpees la cabeza contra cualquier cosa, como un árbol, el suelo u otra persona.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/teens/helmets-concussion-esp.html/0999c700-22a5-43dc-906a-fdeaf9af2f1c
ATV SafetyATVs provide off-road fun. But with the thrills come big risks like rollovers and collisions. Here are tips for teens on staying safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/atv-safety.html/027034ef-a9d9-4604-9485-77d8068de6d3
Bike SafetyThe sun is shining - why not dust off your bike and go for a ride? Before you hit the trail, though, read these tips on the right type of bike and gear you will need.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bike-safety.html/aba55ff6-84c0-4e03-857d-bc371f2ef59f
ConcussionsHow can you tell if you have a concussion? What should you do? And what's going to happen with sports and school? The facts are all on this site for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/concussions-ctr.html/87b74e41-ff01-4392-8378-792023eadf68
Dealing With Sports InjuriesYou practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-injuries.html/e49f63c7-6ae0-446e-a953-4b458a82eaeb
Safety Tips: FootballFootball is a lot of fun, but since the name of the game is to hit somebody, injuries are common. To keep things as safe as possible, follow these tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-football.html/3ddb9b2e-1926-4cbe-b99e-357b12b9fbb4
Safety Tips: SkateboardingSkateboarding is undeniably cool, but it's also easy to get hurt. Keep it safe while skateboarding with these safety tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-skateboarding.html/f97571f0-4b2f-4157-9c86-2acc04f2f6ac
Safety Tips: SkiingThere's a lot to love about skiing, but it can also present some very real dangers. Follow these tips to stay safe on the slopes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-skiing.html/9f8149ca-82be-4f8c-9591-d76789bad066
Safety Tips: SleddingSledding is a lot of fun, but can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep yourself safe while sledding, follow these safety tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-sledding.html/6f496c4b-807a-4e96-b62e-2c11ac260f9c
Safety Tips: SnowboardingSnowboarding is a great way to have fun, but it can also present some very real dangers. Follow these safety tips to learn how to stay safe on the slopes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-snowboarding.html/ce0b64f4-973b-49c9-b0cb-eda69e1066a3
Safety Tips: WrestlingIn wrestling, injuries are bound to happen sometimes. To keep things as safe as possible, follow these tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-wrestling.html/9753d365-2d3c-4465-82f1-4ed07203baf0
Sports and ConcussionsAs long as people play sports, there will be concussions from time to time. Find out how to protect yourself and what to do if you get a concussion playing sports.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions-sports.html/d0ea3c7f-bdd5-47df-81ef-60bc97e99477
What Happens If You Keep Playing Sports When You're Injured?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/play-injury.html/497a042b-10f3-4b89-a897-0e4df7d0b4d7
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