A group of medical experts on concussions and brain injuries is teaming up to make sure kids have helmets to wear when they're participating in recreational activities.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is a Texas Medical Association initiative to equip Texas children with a helmet that provides them added protection when riding a bike or a scooter and while they're skate boarding or roller skating. 

Dr. Gina Jetter, a local neurologist and organizer of the event, said area doctors see a lot of concussions, and worse injuries to include hemorrhages, skull fractures, and brain bleeding when kids sustain head injuries while riding their bikes, skating or riding ATVs without a helmet.

The Smith County Medical Society, Northeast Texas Neurology Association, Tyler Neurological Associates and The Smith County Medical Society Alliance have donated funds to purchase youth bicycle helmets. 

Representative from the groups will be on hand to distribute and fit kids with free bicycle helmets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Racquet and Jog, 5403 S. Broadway Ave.

"We have a large supply of helmets," Dr. Jetter said. "We will be on hand during the packet pickup for the local half marathon race to fit the kids with the helmets and provide hints and tricks about when and where to wear a helmet." 

Contact smithcms@sithcomed.org for more information on helmets or to obtain a child's helmet. 



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