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Young skateboarder practices big safety

Big EEvan “Big E” Doherty made his first of many trips to a neighborhood skate park when he was just 4 years old. With this milestone came an important mantra from his parents: “No helmet, no skate.” 

Six years later, Evan has grown into a phenomenal national and international skateboard competitor, and safety has become as second-nature to him as soaring down a skate ramp.

“Evan is often the only kid at the skate park wearing a helmet, but he doesn’t question it. There’s a lot of risk in what he does, and we ultimately want him to have a longer career and a safer life,” said Evan’s mother, Patricia Doherty. “You can repair an arm, leg or knee, but a brain injury can be life-changing.”

An ounce of prevention

Awareness is prevention. It’s a message physicians with The University of Kansas Hospital’s Center for Concussion Management share with young athletes and others at risk for head injuries. 

Experts estimate between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. annually. And while the best helmet cannot prevent everything, it can lessen the severity of an injury. 

Big safety

Evan’s family and friends call him a natural. He picks up on tricks quickly. He’s always pushing the limits. When he falls, he climbs back on his board. 

And when he talks about safety to other kids, he’s just as enthusiastic as when he’s skating. 

Learn more about “Big E’s” story and take the safety pledge.