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Helmet use during bike rides can help protect the head

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Dr. Daniel Michael shows where the skull bone is thin. Dr. Daniel Michael shows where the skull bone is thin.
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Way too often a simple bike ride can turn tragic, especially if there is no helmet.

"Nationally there is 1.7 million biking or sports related head injuries experienced a year," says Lori Sheridan, director of Beaumont's ThinkFirst chapter.

Most of the time the risk is very close to home.

"Most bike injuries happen within a five block radius of home. They're on the sidewalk or at the base of your driveway. They happen most frequently during dawn or dusk and during rush hour," Sheridan says.

Wednesday morning on Fox 2 News, we did an experiment with two watermelons. Only one of them was protected with a bicycle helmet. We dropped them both, and it was the unprotected watermelon that cracked open and leaked its juice.

Beaumont neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Michael explains a slight impact can crack the skull.

"In the front and the back, we have a very thick amount of bone, but on the sides, a couple of millimeters. Very easy to crack," he says.

Summertime is the most common time for concussions, but how do you know if your child has a serious injury?

"Let's say they just have a glassy look in their eyes, let's say they have lost consciousness for even 30 seconds and then come around, maybe they develop some vomiting, maybe they're not just themselves, bring the child to medical attention. Better safe than sorry," Michael says.

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