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To Helmet or not to Helmet

Helmets are often taken for granted – and here at MyoWorx, we get an upfront look at how little most people actually know about helmet use. Today’s blog post will discuss our top 3 sports during which a helmet should be worn – and often are not. We will also discuss the importance of using the right helmet for the right activity and point you to some resources on helmet usage.

Tobogganing

Almost everyone knows that when you strap on some skis, a helmet should already be on your head. But did you know that you should wear a helmet when you’re tobogganing?

Most people don’t. In fact, it’s quite rare to see people wearing helmets on a toboggan hill. And tobogganing accidents are more common than you think. In the winter of 2010, there were 171 hospitalizations from tobogganing accidents in Canada. Many municipalities have even banned the activity.

Though it’s inconclusive what helmet is the most appropriate for tobogganing, any helmet has the potential to be better than none, though snow sport helmets are probably best.

One of Canada’s main concussion authorities, Dr. Charles Tator, has even penned an article on the topic. For more information, read Dr. Tator’s take on staying safe on tobogganing hills.

Personal Transport Devices

Not too long ago, we published a blog post on the importance of wearing helmets when using hoverboards, a new form of personal transport device during use of which users are rarely seen with safety equipment.

The best gear to wear when using a hoverboard is skateboard gear. Feel free to visit the post to read more.

Canoeing

Most people think of helmets when kayaking and rafting, but what about when canoeing? Even though it’s rare to see canoeists don helmets, some places in the world actually make it a law – and for good reason.

The fact is that if you are going to be near rapids, there is a chance of capsizing. And if there is a chance of capsizing, there is a chance you will get tossed around in the rapids, presenting a prime opportunity for head injury.

The best kind of helmet to wear in this scenario is a canoeing/white water-rafting helmet.

What Helmet Should You Wear?

Do you know what kind of helmet you should be wearing? There are many different styles of helmets to choose from, and for good reason. Helmets are designed to work specifically for each activity. Wearing the right helmet will mean you are protected against the risks associated with that particular pastime. Bicycle helmets are a very common type of helmet people own, and are often the go-to to strap on for a number of other activities – but believe it or not, a bike helmet won’t always cut it.

Parachute, one of our favourite concussion organizations, offers a great guide to basic helmet types. If you’re looking for something more in-depth, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers a detailed breakdown of helmet usage by type.

When trying something new be sure to investigate the best safety practices, and always be sure to consult an expert before play.

About the Author:

Bert Oucharek

B.Sc. (H.K.) Reg. Kin. Vice President of MyoWorx

Bert is the Vice President of MyoWorx® Inc. He has been with Terry Moore and the MyoWorx® Team since its inception in 2008. Bert is a graduate of the University of Guelph Honours Bachelor of…

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