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Do Helmets Encourage Risky Behaviour?

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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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  • Too funny … Wearing a helmet while working on the computer. I keep telling my kids & husband they should wear a helmet while golfing. Even though they are great golfers, it’s the other golfers I’m worried about. My sons accused me of trying to sell more helmet covers. LOL!

    Karyn Climans on
  • I’m sure glad I was wearing my helmet when I banged my head on my desk after hearing about that article. ;)

    Wombat Central on
  • The scary thing is that people who don’t want to wear a helmet will use his “theory” as an excuse to avoid wearing the helmet. People like him do more damage than good! Thank goodness most people area rational and know the difference between hogwash & the truth! Thanks for visiting my blog site and posting a comment.

    Karyn Climans on
  • Absolutely crazy talk coming from that guy! We live in a neighborhood with a ton of kids and for boys I don’t think they are any less crazy when wearing one or not. I make a point on telling my son and his friends how important it is to wear one. I can’t believe that guy would say that by wearing a seat belt we are more reckless, how crazy!

    1 Funky Woman on

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