Brain Awareness Week is March 13 – 19, 2017

A global campaign to raise public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) takes place from March 13-19, 2017, uniting efforts of partner organizations worldwide. A celebration for all ages, BAW includes open days at neuroscience labs, exhibitions about the brain, lectures on brain related topics, social media campaigns, displays at libraries and community centres, classroom workshops and lots more!

Why should we participate in BAW 2017?

As Canadians, 27 of us are diagnosed with a brain tumour each and every day. As a result, many families are affected by this devastating news, with brain tumours impacting the victim’s physical and intellectual abilities, as well as their personality.

Protect your Brain. Wear a Helmet

We all know how precious the brain is, so one of the most imperative steps you can take to protecting yours is by wearing a helmet. Whether you’re cycling, climbing, motorcycling or going up to bat, think with your head and protect yourself. Here are some quick tips on how to determine if a helmet is the right fit for you:

  • Determine the type of helmet you require, which is based on the sport you will be participating in. Each helmet is designed to withstand specific forces, unique to that sport, so choosing the right one is imperative. For example, a bicycle helmet likely won’t offer the best protection for a baseball player, and a climbing helmet won’t do the trick for motorcyclist.
  • Ensure a proper fit. Choose a product that fits your head circumference, which may involve some trial and error. Also make sure that there are no missing parts or broken pieces.
    • Helmets should cover both your forehead and the back of your head. So when you’re trying a product on, shake your head front, back and side-to-side. The helmet should fit snuggly and not wobble in any direction.
    • Check the chinstrap. If your helmet requires one, it should fit nicely under your chin without affecting your ability to breathe, swallow or speak. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be so loose that you can easily fit a finger in between the strap and your chin.

And remember, helmets are designed to protect the wearer from fractures, not from concussions or compression injury.


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