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Biking...don't forget the helmet and other safety tips

Bicycling is a great family activity especially, with all of the trails in the West Michigan area (http://www.wmtrails.org/Trail-Maps). There are different types of bikes for every level of riding ability including bike trailers for the infants and toddlers, bikes without pedals for the wee ones, recumbent and comfort bikes for those with back issues, as well as hand bikes for those who can't use their legs.

However, as healthy and fun as cycling can be, there are a few important safety tips to keep in mind when riding with the family.

"More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – yet only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet." (www.safekids.org/bike)

Video gait analysis is found to be very beneficial to runners and sports medicine professionals as it can slow down the running motion over 1000 frames per minute.