Systematic Reviews of Bicycle Helmet Research

This article summarizes three systematic reviews that were conducted regarding bicycle helmet use. The first review focused on whether helmets prevented head and facial injuries in bicyclists and concluded that bicycle helmets were indeed an effective means of preventing head injury. The second review focused on non-legislative interventions for the promotion of bicycle helmet wearing by children. This review concluded that such programs in general seemed to be effective, especially those that were community-based or that provided free helmets. The third review examined the effectiveness on bicycle helmet legislation on bicycle-related injury and helmet use. This review concluded that, based on the best available evidence, there appeared to be a protective effect of bicycle helmet legislation against head injury among cyclists but that more research is needed. Limitations of available research and directions for future study are discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01055236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2007 3:02PM