Hopefully this will lead to better helmets that will make a difference.

Article looks at dozens of studies in cycling head injuries in several countries.

English: A commuter cyclist in the London morn...

There not need to say much, just read the following quotes then go read the entire article for yourself.

These sources show no improvement in serious injury trends as helmet use has become more common. Indeed, sometimes they suggest that the number or severity of injuries has increased.

In Great Britain, there was no detectable improvement in fatalities, serious injuries or the average severity of injuries to cyclists over the period 1985 to 2001, during which helmet use rose from close to zero to approx. 22%. Injury severity increased as helmet use became more common

In Greater London, cyclist injuries became more serious as helmet use increased in the mid 1990s. In Edinburgh, also with approx. 50% helmet wearing, casualties have become more serious as helmet use has increased

In the USA, cyclists suffered more head injuries in 2001 than in 1991 although helmet use had increased from 18% to 50%.

In Australia, helmet laws caused head injuries to fall by 11% to 21%. But cycle use fell by 30% to 60%, suggesting that those who continued to cycle were more at risk.

In New Zealand, large increases in helmet use have not brought any reduction in the proportion of serious head injuries. Some reduction in mild concussions and lacerations has been balanced by an increase in neck injuries

More generally, concerns have been expressed that helmets may increase the risk of the most serious types of head injury typical of road crashes and which involve rotational forces

In the coming years, there is going to be some major changes and revelations on helmets in skiing and cycling.

Cycling

Remember you do not get a concussion when you hit your head. You get a concussion when your brain bounces back and forth inside your skull. Look at snow and look at your ski helmet and tell me which is softer. Which is going to absorb more? Which is going to slow the force to spread it out over time? Cycling helmets are slightly different because of the speed and chances of hitting pavement. However?

More importantly, why are head injuries increasing in all of those studies (except the Australian one) when helmet use is

increasing?

See What evidence is there that cycle helmets reduce serious injury?

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2 Comments on “Hopefully this will lead to better helmets that will make a difference.”

  1. Vividhunter says:

    So bike helmet design should change? I can agree with that – but not abandoning helmets altogether

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