Reduce Your Risk

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[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: 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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  • Couldn’t agree more. Keeping our kids active and healthy is the best way to prepare them for the future.

    Karyn Climans on
  • It is a good skill to be develop while there are still young. My son is also a skateboarding, I have nothing to do but just to support him. As long as we guide the right, I am thankful that my son is just busy with his skateboarding than taking illegal drugs. He also tries longboards.

    Insect Longboard on
  • Couldn’t agree more!

    Karyn Climans on
  • That is too funny.
    I am not sure how to get teens to wear protection…scare tactics always seemed to work with us growing up. Like we had a “mock” drunk driving accident in front of our school. It shook us enough to know what the dangers of drunky driving could cause.
    I think though that safety should really start when they are young. Make it become a habit so to speak.

    Kimberly on

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