BMX star's fall inspires change

The fall that has local BMX star Brett Banasiewicz recovering from a traumatic brain injury, is now inspiring change in the sport.

Starting in 2013, BMX riders competing in the X Games, Dew Tour, and the A.S.A Action Tour will have to well helmets certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In the past BMX riders could choose to wear any helmet they wanted, like the non-certified ones used n skateboarding, and the helmet Brett wore when he fell. Certified helmets have higher safety standards just like the ones typically worn for bike riding. The Athletic Recovery Fund (A.R.F.) studies injuries athletes sustain while doing “extreme” sports.

The A.R.F’s founders say Brett’s fall was the final straw, and they have since set out to find a way to improve BMX safety guidelines. The group had three BMX stars perform simulated crashes to show the different levels of protection among helmets.

The study revealed that certified helmets are significantly safer than any other helmet on the market.

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