Wear Your Helmet!
Well, we are BRAIN Injury Services, after all. So our number one safety tip is to protect that brain! A study found that wearing a helmet reduced the risk of head injury by 63% while also reducing loss of consciousness by 86%.
Staying hydrated is important every day, but especially in the summer when you’re sweating more. Eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day is recommend for most individuals on a regular day. And remember, the summer sun may lead to more excessive fluid and electrolyte loss, making it necessary to drink even more water and even to turn to sports drinks that can provide your body with the nutrients it is loosing.
Be Mindful Of Air Quality!
In the summer additional factors can contribute to poor air quality, heat and smog are two of them. Although the air quality ratings are most important for individuals who’s health is somehow compromised it’s important for everyone to be mindful of the air they are breathing. The chart below, from this website, is helpful in understanding what each code level means.
Air Quality Index Codes
|Good — Green||Enjoy outdoor activities …|
|Moderate — Yellow||Some pollution in the air …
|Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups — Orange||Children and adults with respiratory and heart sensitivity should limit outdoor activity …|
|Unhealthy — Red||Unhealthy for everyone …
|Very Unhealthy — Purple||Very unhealthy for everyone …