2008-06-05 / Top Stories

Kingsbrook Hosts Brain Injury Awareness Event For Students

By Dara Mormile

Wollney shows P.S. 91 students a plastic model of the brainWollney shows P.S. 91 students a plastic model of the brain With warmer weather approaching, more children will be riding their bikes. In an effort to provide youngsters with useful information on bike and brain safety, staff at Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute'sTraumatic Brain Injury Unit invited third graders from P.S. 91 to their annual Brain Injury Awarness Day last Thursday.

The Brain Injury Association of New York's (BIANY) Janyce Wollney showed students two models of a brain.

"The one that's more jelly-like is obviously more realistically sensitive and susceptible to injury," she said. "Now that you see how soft the brain really is, you can understand that it's important to protect it by wearing a helmet at all times when riding your bike or other non motorized recreational vehicles."

Wollney told students the correct way to ride a bike. In addition to riding a bike made for their size, children should maintain a safe distance from cars and trucks and use hand signals to communicate with those around them - especially if they are making a turn around a block and there is a vehicle behind them.

A more "realistic," jelly-like brain is passed around to students by Ellie Bibawy, coordinator with BIANY.            Photos by Dara MormileA more "realistic," jelly-like brain is passed around to students by Ellie Bibawy, coordinator with BIANY. Photos by Dara Mormile "It's also important to get a bike that has breaks on the pedals instead of the handle bars - those tend to be easier to control," she added. "Also remember to throw away your helmet if you've gotten into an accident and it's cracked. You're not going to get the right protection in the event another accident occurs."

Co-sponsored by BIANY, the event featured lectures, a video presentation and demonstrations by volunteers from Brooklyn's Safety City's Walk This Way America program.

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