Our Pilot Club of Naples Helmet Fitting Project

Helmet use is preventing acute concussive symptons in recreational vehicle related head trauma.

Objectives: Helmets use has proved effective in reducing head trauma (HT) severity in children riding nonmotorised recreational vehicles. Scant data are available on their role in reducing concussive symptoms in children with HT while riding nonmotorised recreational vehicles such as bicycles, push scooters and skateboards (BSS). We aimed to investigate whether helmet use is associated with a reduction in acute concussive symptoms in children with BSS-related-HT.

Methods: Prospective study of children <18 years who presented with a BSS related-HT between April
2011 and January 2014 at a tertiary Paediatric Emergency Department (ED).

Results: We included 190 patients. Median age 9.4 years (IQR 4.8–13.8). 66% were riding a bicycle, 23% a push scooter, and 11% a skateboard. 62% were wearing a helmet and 62% had at least one concussive symptom. Multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusting for age, gender, and type of vehicle showed that patients without a helmet presented more likely with headache (adjusted odds-ratio (aOR) 2.54, 95% CI 1.27–5.06), vomiting (aOR 2.16, 95% CI 1.00–4.66), abnormal behaviour (aOR 2.34, 95% CI 1.08–5.06), or the presence of at least one concussive symptom (aOR 2.39, 95% CI 1.20–4.80).

Conclusions: In children presenting to the ED following a wheeled BSS-related HT helmet use was associated with less acute concussive symptoms. 

ABBREVIATIONS: aOR, adjusted odds ratio; APHIRST, Australasian Paediatric Head Injury Rules Study; BSS, bicycles, push scooters and skateboards; CI, confidence interval; CT, computed tomography; ED, emergency department; HT, head trauma; IQR, interquartile range; OR, odds ratio; RCH, Royal Children’s Hospital; RV, recreational vehicle.

Sue Lester and Mike Nelson helmet fitting for the students at Calusa Park Elementary School on December 13th, 2021

From the Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids 2019


I wanted to take a moment on behalf of our Club to say THANK YOU to all of you who participated in our Day for Kids 2019. Your presence made our event truly special and informative for our guests. We estimated that we had about 600 people there, including you, with about 450 guests registered (not everyone registered).  We hope that you had a good time , made some connections with other vendors and being here was beneficial to your organization. Please take a moment to complete our survey at the link below so that we can better plan next year’s event! We would like to know what went well and what didn’t go so well in your opinion. We thank you for your cooperation and patience with us as it is the first one we’ve had that included vendors. 
Again, THANK YOU for supporting our youth. We hope to continue a partnership with you for years to come. Please save the date, September 19, 2020 for our next Day for Kids event!

(Paulette Dickerson, Joan Hurd, two Scholarship House Residents and Sue Lester were the volunteers fitting helmets at the Day for Kids.)