Hopefully your your young rider is wearing a Chest Protector. If not, I'd definately state that one is mandatory. Below is something I recently posted on another forum....
Last spring, we had a youth size "used" Chest Protector donated to my family. It's primary purpose is for my daughter to wear while driving her brother's mini-quad.
Since receiving this light weight item, my daughter wears it on her peddle bike, while roller blading and while doing other "high risk of chest injury" sports. Many times, it's saved her chest from mass injury. One time, she was driving her peddle bike, whiped out and its handle bar speard her directly in the chest, another time she got speard from her own hockey stick. To me, helmets and Chest Protectors must be mandatory for anyone under 16.
To view the same design Chest protector our daughter wears, surf:
To view my daugher with her chest protector on, surf: http://community.webshots.com/photo/...13483915aWyCMo
If you want to create better protection for your kids while doing sports, do get them a properly fitted Chest Protector. Glad we received a "used" one for our duaghter. We'll worth it...
Un-cool look??? Many of my daughter's friends NOW want a Chest Protector of their own. They want the "rough and tough" look of it.
Hope this idea helps your kids and/or grand kids. To me, its well worth the cost. Especially if you can pass it down or across to other members of your family....