SkateboardFest 2008 Brings Helmet Safety to Scadding Court Skatepark

    TORONTO, July 23 /CNW/ - Summer is the season for outdoor wheeled
activities. The warm weather inspires many of us to bring out our bikes,
rollerblades, and - for a large and growing number of kids and youth -
skateboards. The increase in popularity of skateboarding can be seen in the
number of parks that have been built specifically to give boarders a place to
learn, practice and perfect their skills. But with those wheels come an
increased risk of injury, especially head injuries. The best way to prevent
these traumatic injuries while skateboarding is by wearing a properly fitted,
certified helmet. The ThinkFirst Foundation, together with the City of Toronto
and the Toronto Western Hospital, are bringing that message to young
skateboarders this Wednesday July 23rd, 2008, at Scadding Court Community
    "Skateboarding is an excellent activity for children and youth, to keep
them healthy and fit," said ThinkFirst founder and renowned neurosurgeon Dr.
Charles Tator. "However, like all activities skateboarding carries some risks,
especially the risk of a head injury. ThinkFirst teaches kids to use their
brain to protect themselves, and wearing a helmet while skateboarding is one
of the proven ways to protect the brain."
    SkateboardFest 2008 will get the help of local high-level skateboarders
to introduce campers in the City of Toronto's day camps skateboarding skills
and drills at Scadding Court Community Centre's skatepark, while Dr. Tator and
the ThinkFirst Foundation will teach the campers how to properly fit and wear
a helmet for skateboarding.
    Injury statistics have yet to catch up to the explosion in popularity of
skateboarding, but according to some recent research, skateboarding injuries
account for 41.9 per cent of all hospitalizations due to wheeled recreational
activities. Experts agree that wearing a helmet certified for skateboarding
and fitted properly can reduce the incidence of brain injuries from
skateboarding. Along with learning new skills, campers will also leave with a
new helmet to wear when practicing their skateboarding moves, thanks to the
ThinkFirst Foundation and the Ministry of Health Promotion's summer helmet
    For more information on the work of ThinkFirst Canada and our upcoming
activities, please visit our website at
    To watch ThinkFirst's skateboarding PSA, please visit: and click on "Public Service

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