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Cyclists - Research supports wearing a Helmet!

A recent research study has looked at the available research on the use of Bicycle Cycling Helmets and assessing their effectiveness in reducing head, face, neck and fatal head injury in the event of a crash or fall.

Data was included from 40 studies and over 64 000 injured cyclists.

The conclusions were that bicycle helmet use was associated with reduced odds of head injury, serious head injury, facial injury and fatal head injury.

The reduction was greater for serious or fatal head injury. Neck injury was rare and not associated with helmet use.

These results support the use of strategies to increase the uptake of bicycle helmets as part of a comprehensive cycling safety plan.

Ref: Olivier J & Creighton P International Journal of Epidemiology 2016.   

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