Many brain trauma injuries among the young could be avoided by using helmets. Youngsters and adults involved in bicycling, roller-skating or blading, or other such activities are subject to falls that can produce serious and sometimes fatal head injuries.
Why Wear A Bicycle Helmet?
It's the law! Riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. Non-helmeted riders are fourteen times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than cyclists wearing a safety helmet. Children ages 14 and under are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash than older bike riders.
Bicyclists admitted to hospital emergency rooms with head injuries are twenty times more likely to die than those without head injuries.
Bicycle riders with helmets had....
an 85% reduction in their risk of head injury
an 85% reduction in their risk of brain injury
Bicycle safety helmets are highly effective in preventing head injury and are particularly important to children since they suffer the majority of serious head injuries from bicycle accidents.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine