The level and degree of spinal cord injury was studied following a survey of 120 motor cyclists admitted to spinal units in Australia between 1973 and 1977. The results of this study suggest that at least 50% of motor cyclists with spinal cord injury become paraplegic from direct injury to the vertebral column. However, when the accident involves an impact to the rider's helmet, the f.f helmet offers better protection to the cervical spine and face. There is an urgent need for further research in helmet design. Compulsory wearing of helmets by motor cyclists should continue. For the present, the full-face helmet with chin piece is recommended. (Author/TRRL)

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    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86
  • Authors:
    • Yeo, J D
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 37-39
  • Serial:
    • Journal of traffic medicine
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine
    • ISSN: 0345-5564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310133
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM