[caption id="attachment_2545" align="alignleft" width="280" caption="Annika Vrklan never skateboards without proper safety equipment!"][/caption] Spring is definitely in the air. Depending on your sport, you’re either thrilled winter is over or disappointed the ski season was so short this year. Either way, it’s time to tune-up your bike, drag your roller blades or skateboards out of storage and make sure your hiking boots still fit. Soon the skateboard parks will be filling up again with lots of young people testing their limits and trying new tricks. It’s a pleasure to see so many teenagers enjoying their sport but it’s also a sight that makes me cringe because very few of the skateboarders are wearing safety helmets or any safety gear for that matter! Yet they’re trying routines that are difficult and risky!!! Just ask any health care professional who works in an Emergency ward and they’ll tell you when ski season ends, the number of trauma victims doesn’t slow down because the number of skateboarders with broken bones and, even worse, head injuries increases. Teenagers think they are invincible. The attitude “it won’t happen to me” creates a wall whenever teens hear the “Play It Safe and Bucket Your Brain” message. So Tail Wags Helmet Covers decided to try another method of making the message loud and clear. Hope you like the following video produced by a group of enterprising Queen’s University undergraduate students: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaQiU1U816o&list=UUvK5Ri4wq0j4mFxDSnGK0tA&index=4&feature=plcp Leave it to a group of young men to know any inference to sex will catch the attention of teenagers. I’d love to hear your suggestions for getting the message across to teenagers that helmet safety is critical. Who knows … your idea could be the basis of the next Tail Wags Helmet Covers safety campaign!
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