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Helmet fittings and sales

Bicycle helmets are available for purchase in the Children's Health Resource Center throughout the year. We have toddler, child, youth and adult sizes. You may choose from a variety of styles and colors. Multi-sport helmets are also available. Our trained staff offers custom fittings and education on how to wear helmets correctly. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Fee:   $10 per helmet
Cash or check only
Call:   847-723-9484
for more information

Helmets are sold in partnership with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Trauma Services and the Safe Kids bicycle helmet program.

Safe Kids and Lutheran General Hospital

Through Safe Kids, an organization dedicated to eliminating preventable injuries, Lutheran General Hospital offers a yearly program where families can purchase toddler, youth and adult bicycle and multi-sport helmets for $10. Fitting services are also available. Visit the Trauma Service Office Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:00pm or the Children’s Resource Center on Wednesdays from 10:00-3:30pm. Parents can also call 1.847.723.9484 to schedule an appointment.

Every year, more than 500,000 Americans experience bicycle-related traumas, and over 300,000 of those victims are children. These injuries are worse than just falling off a bike and getting scratched up—they involve serious enough traumas for patients to be admitted to the hospital. More than 700 people in the US die as a result of their injuries.

Every year at Advocate Lutheran General, we treat numerous severe traumas related to bicycle accidents. Many of those patients are between 5 and 19—a time when kids typically take more physical risks. Most of them do not wear helmets, resulting in several deaths each year.

The Bicycle Helmet’s Role

Helmets are important because they protect the head during a fall or collision by acting as a shock absorber. This makes the impact less severe and can reduce the number of severe injuries by 80%. Without a helmet, the brain can slam into the inside of the skull, causing bruising, stretching, tearing or bleeding of the brain.

Which Helmet Is Best?

Choose a helmet based on the activity for which it will be used. Bicycle helmets are only for use on bikes, where multi-sport helmets can be used on bikes, roller blades, in-line skates and skate boards. Riding motorized scooters and motorcycles require very different helmets. Regardless of the type you choose, all helmets should comply with federal safety standards to meet US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.

Fit is another important factor. A properly fitted helmet should be comfortable, but snug. It should sit level on the head. Helmets that sit too far back on the head expose the forehead and those that sit too far forward limit visibility. The chin strap should be loose enough to allow one or two fingers between it and the skin, yet tight enough to prevent movement when the head is turned side to side or back and forth.

Know When To Replace Your Helmet

Helmets have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every few years, especially when children are growing rapidly and if the helmet is showing signs of damage. Make sure to keep it stored in a room temperature or cooler space. When a helmet is stored in the heat, the shell can become deformed and make the helmet ineffective. Also, any helmet that has been in an accident is no longer effective and must be replaced.

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