Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital Hosts Bike Safety Event
New Albany, Ind.—Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital (SIRH), along with Safe Kids Louisville, will provide a free Bike and Helmet Safety Program with information regarding bike safety and the importance of brain injury prevention. The free family event will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. at SIRH, located at 3104 Blackiston Blvd. in New Albany.
Activities at the rain or shine event include bike handling skills, road sign recognition, bike helmet fittings and free refreshments. While the activities are best suited for children from four to twelve years of age, younger participants are also encouraged to attend, but should plan to bring their own bike.
All children participating in the Bike Handling Safety program will be included in a drawing for a free 20-inch bike. Additionally, SIRH and Safe Kids Louisville will provide a free bike helmet to those in attendance, while supplies last.
“With summertime quickly approaching, it’s imperative the parents and children know the importance of bike safety,” said Deb Strickler, CTRS at SIRH. “Knowing the rules of the road, being alert to drivers, and of course, wearing a properly fitted helmet and protective gear can mean the difference when it comes to the potential for brain injury.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average 40 percent of all deaths from bicycle-related head injuries occur in children under 15 years old. Helmet use is estimated to reduce the risk for life-threatening head injury by as much as 85 percent. Wearing a bicycle helmet and following road safety regulations are key measures to preventing bike-related brain injury.
“There is no way to eliminate bicycle injuries all together,” said Strickler. “But with a few simple actions, the risk is reduced exponentially.”
For more information about the event, or other information about the services provided by SIRH, please call Deb Strickler at (812) 941-8300.
Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital is a 60-bed facility owned and operated by Frazier Rehab Institute, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, and Clark Memorial Hospital. Since 1994, SIRH has been providing inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational, speech and psychology therapy services to children and adults suffering from injuries, illnesses and disabilities.