When you play impact sports you wear a helmet, and when you drive a car you wear a seatbelt. Why? The helmet keeps your head protected and your seatbelt protects you from flying about the car in case of an accident. Both of these things are common knowledge and done proactively to prevent injury. With this in mind, how can we reduce the impact that a car accident may have on our neck?
Important technological advances in car headrests have occurred over recent decades to better protect our necks from whiplash injury, but the headrest must be set correctly to effectively protect us.
A study done in Canada found that 53% of drivers had their headrests set so inadequately that they would not protect them in the event of a collision.
Rather than put your neck on the line, check that your headrest is set properly:
Setting the headrest this way will help to reduce rearward motion of an occupant’s head in a rear-end collision. Limiting this motion reduces the likelihood of a whiplash injury occurring and reduces the severity if it does occur.
Take the time to ensure the headrests are set properly for all occupants in your car, and pay it ahead rest by sharing this information with people you know!
Featured on Breakfast Television: https://www.btcalgary.ca/2014/10/22/headrest-campaign/