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Keywords:

  • helmet;
  • legislation;
  • leisure activity;
  • nursing;
  • PEACE

ABSTRACT Current Canadian helmet bylaws focus mainly on bicycle helmet use. In this way, law makers are ignoring head injuries associated with other wheeled sports. Cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scootering can all cause serious injury to participants if proper protective gear is not worn. Legislation has been shown to work in promoting helmet use and decreasing injuries. Nurses, using theory and research to guide practice, can be key players in advocating for healthy public policies and amendments to provincial legislation. Nurses have the opportunity to play an active leadership role that can be guided by PEACE, a philosophy that encompasses praxis, empowerment, awareness, cooperation, and evolvement.