Long before in the history, “helmet” has been used for protective reasons, helmet in this context can be the protective gears and armors that that soldiers wore during the Medieval Age. Tracing back in 900BC, the oldest known use of helmet was by Assyrian soldiers. They wore thick leather on their heads to protect the head from sword blows and flying arrows in combat.
The word helmet is diminutive from helm, a Medieval word for protective combat headgear. The Medieval great helm covers the whole head and often is accompanied with camail protecting throat and neck as well. Originally a helmet was a helm which covered the head partly.
Over the course of human history, many different types of helmet have developed. Most early helmets had military uses especially in combat-related purposes, some helmets held ceremonial purposes as well. Two important types of helmets are Corinthian helmet and Roman galea.
Later on the protective gears took different forms and were composed with different materials. The materials including a wide range of substances such as metal, plastic, rubber, leather, and plant fiber. No matter what materials the helmets are made up of, the primary function of helmets is to protect the most important part of human body. As in contemporary society, wearing a helmet became a common practice in recreational activities and sport purposes such as football, water polo, hotkey, baseball, and bicycle. For each specific helmets, it is designed with different intentions. Take bicycle helmet and rock climbing helmet for comparison, one is designed to be particularly against blunt impact forces from the wearer’s head striking the road, another is designed to endure heavy impact from above.
Now that we have provided a clear historical and background information of helmets, what do you think helmets are for? And what are the reasons for people not wearing a helmet in different occasions?
There are many occasions when people account how bicycle helmets saved their lives during the accident. Let us take a look at their scenarios and stories.
According to Alec Lom, when he was escaping from the police officers due to his abnormal behavior after drug abuse, he got into a serious crush. “I feel extremely fortunate to have escaped serious injury, or even death. The precise circumstances of my tumble are now a little hazy, but one recollection remains crystal clear. The nurses and doctors who treated me each asked me the same simple question: “Were you wearing a helmet?” If my ordeal, which left me nursing strained shoulder ligaments, torn muscles and a bruised ego, has convinced me of one fact alone, it is surely that my cycling helmet saved my life.” (Source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/5024212/My-cycling-helmet-saved-my-life.html)
“My wife and I were riding on a concrete Greenway in Alpharetta Georgia when she was caught off the trail on the edge and ended up falling back onto the concrete which clipped my rear tire and subsequently ended up in me falling down and breaking my collarbone. The attached photographs of the helmet I was wearing say it all. I can remember the sound of the back of my helmet hitting the concrete while my collar bone broke into 3 pieces. There is no doubt in my mind that this helmet at the very least save me from what could have been very severe head trauma and at most permanent disability or death.”
“During a morning session at a velodrome I was towing a group of 4 riders around the 3rd turn and saw another rider cross my path a bit too late. The other rider rode up onto the track and I T-boned his bike. We both were thrown from our bikes and landed on concrete. I slid across the infield on my head and face and was knocked out for a bit. Both of us were taken by ambulance to the local ER. He had a fractured skull because he was warming down on the infield track without a helmet. I just had a slight concussion and loss of skin on my lower lip. If I hadn’t been wearing a helmet I would have had far worse injuries like my counterpart. The other rider apologized later –he said he blacked out because he didn’t eat breakfast that day.”
After these stories, are you convinced that wearing a bicycle helmet is a must? Or do you still think they are just lucky? Take a look at these videos. The first two videos are about skateboard, skateboarding contains a lot of risk, it is better to wear protective gears as you can see in the video.The third video is about road rash, a dear bumped out of nowhere and the cyclist’s helmet split into half.
Accidents can happen (that is why they are called accidents), no matter how skillful and cautious you are. Why not wear a helmet just to ensure your safety being?
What exactly is the written law about Mandatory Helmet Law in Australia, and what are the penalties for not wearing a helmet?
According to Australian Road Rules, The rider of a bicycle must wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on the rider’s head, unless the rider is exempt from wearing a bicycle helmet under another law of this jurisdiction.
If people ride a bicycle without a helmet in Australia there is a good chance they will be stopped by the police and issued with an infringement notice. In New South Wales the resulting fine for contravening Regulation 256 (Road Rules) is about $60 (Rider not wearing helmet fitted and fastened – $57)
New Zealand and Australia are the two countries in the world that required people (of all age) to wear a bicycle helmet. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons campaigned actively to raise public awareness, acceptance and demand, and helmets first became compulsory across Australia from 1991 to 1992. Bicycle helmets became compulsory in New Zealand in January 1994. Shortly after the introduction of MHL nation wide, the statistic shows the bicycle injuries has shifted toward cyclist’s arms by 29%. It is a significant evidence of benefits of wearing a bicycle helmet.
Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of serious injury done to the head, which is the most important part of human beings.
Hey folks, I will be using this blog to spread information about the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet while riding.
There are some interesting aspect to this topic, as in many different areas round the world there are mandatory helmet laws and some areas do not. Why is that we should wear a bicycle helmet? Why do/ don’t people wear a helmet?
Stay tune to find out.