Comment 65654

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted July 06, 2011 at 13:30:59 in reply to Comment 65631

Cycle helmets prevent 85% of head injuries and 88% of brain injuries This claim originates from a single source in 1989 [1], and has never even been approached by real-world evidence anywhere. The research on which the prediction was made has been widely criticised for fundamental methodological errors [1]. The researchers themselves revised their prediction downwards to 69% for head injuries in 1996 [2], but this too remains greatly in excess of real-world experience.

In places where helmet use has become significant, there has been no detectable reduction in head injuries relative to cycle use.

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