As with any athletic activity, safety should always be of primary concern.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury, resulting in 52,000 deaths, and 1.4 million people receiving treatment in emergency departments every year. 

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.  TBI accounts for nearly one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.  Many of these injuries can be prevented or minimized with the use of properly-fitted helmets.

The Central Connecticut Health District sells bicycle helmets year-round that come in a variety of colors for children and adults, ranging from toddler sizes to adult XL.  The cost for the helmets is $10.

The bicycle helmets are available for purchase at the Central Connecticut Health District, 505 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield.  For further information, please contact the Health District at 860-721-2822.