An article was published in this week’s Globe & Mail (“Do helmets encourage risky behaviour?”) that left me bewildered. The article presents the views of Mikael Colville-Andersen and his theory of “Risk Homeostasis Theory”. Essentially Mr. Colville-Andersen claims people will ride a bike more recklessly if they have a false sense of security because they are wearing a safety helmet. He uses the same argument with safety belts in cars – people will drive dangerously because they feel safer when wearing a seat belt. Needless to say, I disagree wholeheartedly with his theory. It’s a fact that safety helmets have been proven to save lives and reduce the risk of serious head injuries. People have told me countless stories of how they are still alive today despite a serious sporting accident because of their safety helmet. Let’s stop debating whether or not safety helmets should be worn and turn our attention to how we can improve existing helmets to ensure they do an even better job of protecting our brains!
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