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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SRLA Student Research Award

CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline: Monday, 12/3/12

The Sport and Recreation Law Association

This Student Research Award is granted to the student submitting the most outstanding research paper based upon the criteria found below.  The award winner will receive free Conference Registration and reimbursement of up to $500 in expenses to attend The Annual SRLA Conference.  The winning paper and the selected student will be included in the Conference Program to present his/her paper.  The recipient will also be recognized during the Award’s Banquet during the Annual SRLA Conference

Please Note: Using the appropriate format, students may simultaneously submit their manuscript to this award Call for Papers and to the general Call For Proposals for the Conference. 

Application Criteria:

1.     Students must submit a research paper or case note that deals with a significant and novel legal issue related to sport or physical activity. 

2.     The paper must be written in either APA or Blue Book style (follow current editions).

3.     The suggested length for the paper is 10-20 double-spaced pages (not counting Appendices and Endnotes). Applicants must use the Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

4.     The applicant must send the paper as a Microsoft Word document to schoepferk@winthrop.edu before 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, December 3, 2012. Late submissions will not be considered. In the email message accompanying the attached paper, include the student author’s name, mailing address, email address, and telephone numbers. (An email will be sent to the applicant to confirm that the paper has been received.)

5.     The paper and associated research must be the sole work of the applicant, and edited and approved by a faculty advisor.

6.     The applicant must be a graduate student or undergraduate student, and must be majoring in sport/recreation/ physical activity, sport/recreation management, or a related subject area. Students pursuing a law degree are also eligible. Either the student applicant or faculty advisor must be a current member of SRLA at the time of submission.

7.     The faculty advisor must submit a signed document verifying compliance with criteria 5 and 6.

8.     A maximum of three (3) student papers may be submitted from one academic institution.

Criteria for Selection:

1.     Relevance, novelty, and importance of the topic to the legal aspects of sport and physical activity. Topic of the paper must address a legal issue.  Experimental research, survey studies, or summaries of existing research will not be considered.

2.     Quality and thoroughness of research; appropriateness of resources; use of primary resources.

3.     Quality of writing, editing, organization and logic of thoughts, grammar, and citation style.

4.     Adherence to all of the Application Criteria identified above.

The winner of the award will be notified via e-mail in early February.

Verification documents (see criteria #7 above) can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:

Dr. Kristi Schoepfer

Re: SRLA Student Research Award

Winthrop University

Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance

WEST CENTER 218A

Rock Hill, SC, 29733

Fax (803) 323-2124

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Eleventh Biennial Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium

We write to remind you that the Eleventh Biennial Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium is just a month away. It will be held from January 13-15, 2012 at Indiana University’s Bradford Woods.

Registrations have been arriving daily, but it’s not too late. If you’ve been meaning to register, please do so. The registration information and preliminary schedule of events and papers are attached and also available at www.outdooredcoalition.org.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

· The symposium will include over 30 research presentations (see attached schedule) on various outcomes or aspects of outdoor programs conducted in school, camp, college, adventure, and other contexts. Many of these papers investigate program components underlying outcomes.

· We have structured time for participants to identify and discuss issues and challenges facing our field.

· Peg Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the American Camp Association and active participant in the No Child Left Inside Coalition, is the featured speaker on Friday evening. (See http://www.acacamps.org/about/pegsmith)

· Beyond the formal presentations, the symposium is a unique and ideal opportunity to interact with others in the field. The event attracts established and emerging scholars from a host of disciplines and leaders from professional associations and agencies. As such, it is a gathering of persons that would not occur at any other conference. The setting, the people, and the program make opportunities for meaningful conversation abundant. The CEO symposium has been the starting point for many long-lasting research and professional collaborations.

· The combined lodging, food and registration costs for the weekend range from $208 – $248, depending on the type of lodging selected.

Please join us again in January. You won’t be disappointed.

Sincerely,

Karen Paisley Andy Young Sharon Todd

For the CEO Research Committee

The Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (CEO), established in 1987, is an educational service of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. The CEO Research Committee includes:

M. Deborah Bialeschki, American Camp Association

Camille Bunting, Texas A&M*

Chris Cashel, University of Oklahoma*

Alan Ewert, Indiana University

Michael Gass, University of New Hampshire

Karla Henderson, North Carolina State University

Leo McAvoy, University of Minnesota*

Karen Paisley, University of Utah

Keith C. Russell, Western Washington University

Jim Sibthorp, University of Utah

Anderson Young, SUNY Cortland

*Emeritus Committee Members

CEO 2012 Reg Info.pdf

CEO Symposium SchedulePRELIMINARY.pdf