Let's Get Ready to Tumble: Helmet Safety & Your Adventure

A tumble off a mountain bike, a misstep on the ropes course, a paddle to the head… At The Forge: Lemont Quarries, we implement the highest quality safety measures possible, ensuring maximum safety while having maximum fun, but occasionally a bump on the noggin can happen while adventuring. Our Adventure Guides and Hosts know it best: adventure comes in endless forms, but so do opportunities to whack your head on something.

While we always check our equipment and walk each guest through safety protocol, sometimes when the adrenaline starts coursing through your veins, a slipup could happen. Braking too early on the Pump Track could lead to a fall and hitting your head on the ground. Missing a grip on the ropes course could cause you to swing and bang your head on an element. An over-enthusiastic kayak buddy might accidentally bump your head with their paddle. We always caution adventurers before they explore our giant playground, but with every great adventure comes the possibility of a little bruising.

The safest way to keep your head out of harm’s way is to wear a helmet. Our Eight Towers Adventure and Mountain Bikes require helmets for each participant, minimizing the risk of a bump on the head. Our Adventure Hosts and Guides are trained to ensure your helmet is secured safely on your head before you take off to play. Whether you’re playing in our playground, or exploring trails on your own time, helmet safety is highly recommended and encouraged when being active on any type of equipment.

The CDC says for helmet safety, your helmet should fit properly and be well-maintained, age appropriate, worn correctly, and appropriately certified for use. They recommend using the “SAFE” method: Size, Ask, Fit, and Evaluate. Make sure your helmet is the right size for your head; ask yourself how the helmet feels on your head; ensure it fits securely on the head and doesn’t slip easily; and evaluate its security. Does it feel secure and comfortable? Will it slip forward or backward? If your helmet doesn’t feel secure or you’re concerned about it falling off when you’re active, go through the steps again until it fits just right.

However, avoiding a head injury isn’t always a guarantee. Some of the harder hits can lead to a concussion, which really takes away from the excitement of the adventure.

According to our friends at RUSH Physical Therapy, a “concussion starts with a physical impact and can be a direct hit to the head or an indirect hit, such as the rebound of the head/neck in a football tackle” - or in the case of our adventure park, a hard fall off a mountain bike. “While not all hits lead to a concussion, it is important that we are on the lookout concussion symptoms.”

Symptoms can include: headache, dizziness, fatigue, feeling foggy or difficulty talking, imbalance, sensitivity to light or sound, and/or blurred or double vision. If you notice you or an adventure buddy are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to seek medical attention and receive a doctor’s advice. According to RUSH, physical therapy is an aid that can help in concussion rehabilitation.

Keeping these symptoms of concussions in your back pocket can help make your adventure even more fun. Knowing what the signs are, you can protect yourself and friends from experiencing long-term discomfort after a day of play. And being mindful of your safety is key in maximizing your time out on the track, on the water, and up in the clouds.

The information provided in this program is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice from your health-care professional because of something you may have read. The use of any information provided is solely at your own risk.

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