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Cindy Ficorelli
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06/03/2011

Genesys Trauma Services sponsors another free bike helmet fitting day

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Did you know that abourt 2/3 of bicyclists are wearing the wrong-sized helmet or are not wearing one correctly?
That is why Injury Prevention Services at Genesys – a component of Genesys Trauma Services – is offering free bike helmet fittings throughout the summer.

Next fitting is Saturday, June 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc (off Grand Blanc Road).

Zach Landers, RN, Injury Prevention specialist with Genesys Trauma Services, developed a helmet safety program because "the number of head traumas suffered from a poor-fitting helmet or riding without a helmet are staggering," he reports.

“Our goal as an injury prevention center for Genesee County and its surrounding communities is to educate riders of all ages on the proper fit for a bicycle helmet, and to make sure they are wearing a helmet. Our team will fit helmets for all ages – from toddlers to most adults – and provide brief, hands on education during the process. It takes less than five minutes to fit a helmet while educating parents and kids,” he points out. “These five minutes can save another life.”

Landers notes that an average of 17 percent of bicyclists wear a helmet that is fitted properly, and about 50 percent of riders don't even wear a helmet.

He reminds riders to use the proper fit test: check space between forehead and helmet, check fitting under the ears, and check tightness under the chin - he calls it the eyes, ears and mouth test, which he uses when fitting helmets for maximum safety.

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