Optimization of injury prevention outreach for helmet safety

This study examined the effectiveness of a Northern California school helmet safety pilot program that partnered a local hospital with a nursing program and the school district. The program’s goal was to increase helmet use and knowledge about helmets as well as to improve attitudes toward helmet use among school-age children. Six elementary schools that had not previously received any helmet safety education participated in the study, which used a nonequivalent control group pretest-postest method. Two schools were randomly assigned to the intervention group, two schools to the standard treatment group and two schools to the control group. A 20-minute classroom presentation by nursing students was provided to the intervention group and each student received a free helmet and helmet fitting. The standard treatment group participated in a helmet giveaway event that included helmet fittings but did not receive helmet safety education. The control group received no helmets or education. The study results showed students who participated in the helmet safety program to have a greater likelihood of using helmets, an increase in helmet safety knowledge, and an improved attitude toward helmet use than students who did not participate in the program.

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  • Accession Number: 01532577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2014 1:30PM