The purpose of this study was to examine the nature, characteristics and severity of head injuries in helmeted cyclists with the aim of providing information for the improved design of helmets. It also considered whether the helmet itself was responsible for any injuries. Data concerning the injuries suffered by child cyclists, both helmeted and unhelmeted, was obtained from the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. It was found that 79% of injuries to helmeted children were mild and two thirds had facial injuries. Most were bike/car collisions and 15% of helmets were lost. No injuries were due to the helmet. Suggestions are made for improving helmet design, including a facial protector and improved fastening device.

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    BMJ Publishing Group

    BMJ House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • GRIMARD, G
    • NOLAN, T
    • CARLIN, J B
  • Publication Date: 1995-3


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00713453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1995 12:00AM