A common excuse/thought teens have is; It'll never happen to me, I don't go off of big jumps or go that fast. A healthy response to that is to agree with them. I know it sounds kinda crazy but stick with me on this one.
'Sure it's a 1 out of 1000 chances that you'll wreck or get hurt. But also it's a 1 out of a 10,000 chance that you'll be the next Tony Hawk or Shawn White, yet what makes them so great at being a pro is that fact that they are willing to not be the normal person. They excel because that are willing and even want to be different.'
Now if you're one of the parents that thinks their kid won't be one of the ones that get's hurt well...why would you want to risk their life? Be the parent that shows they care for and love their kids.
Here's some stats for those that think they are safe without a helmet. Did you know that in Utah Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the number 1 cause of death. Nationally (USA) it is the number one cause of death and disability ages 1-44. (https://www.braintrauma.org/tbi-faqs/tbi-statistics/)
There are a few things I'd prefer NOT to be number 1 at; TBI is one of them. The risk is extremely high and the long term effect it has is serious. Did you know that 83% of TBI's get divorced within the first 3 years of their accident? Did you know that most emotional ties to friends and family are lost? Did you know that suicide is a common out for those that suffer from a TBI? These stats are real, and there's no reason to risk it for yourself of those that you love.
Feel free to scroll through some of the pictures of me from when I thought I was better than everyone else and didn't put a helmet on (http://www.righttrnsonly.com/video-and-pictures.html). Share them with your kids or loved ones. Inform them of the stats and the fact that I've had to relearn how to walk, talk, read, write, and everything else inbetween. That fact that this isn't a normal injury where you put in some time and it gets better, but that I still struggle with playing the guitar, sports, reading, memory and a long list of other things.
But this isn't about me, this is about you and your loved ones. I share my personal info in hopes that you don't have to go through the struggles or watch someone you care about suffer. Save a life today and make sure people wear a helmet when needed.