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Helmet protection from head injuries among recreational bicyclists

Wasserman RC, Buccini RV. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 1990;18(1):96-7

BRIEF NOTES
This is not a complete Commentary but a summary of observations and criticisms that have been made relating to this paper

Summary of paper (from authors' abstract)

Data was collected from questionnaries returned by mail from 191 recreational bicyclists who reported having fallen and struck their heads in a cycling mishap. Information was collected on the nature of the mishap, the extent of injury and whether the rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the fall. 57% of riders were wearing a helmet during the mishap. Helmet wearers were significantly older than those not wearing helmets. Helmet wearers experienced significantly fewer skull fractures (1% v 11%) and facial soft tissue injuries (5% v 18%) than non-wearers. No other variables accounted for differences in injuries.

Peer criticism

 Based on Towner et al, 2002:

Also:

Conclusion

There are too many discrepancies and uncertainties for this to be a reliable study.

References

Towner et al, 2002

Towner E, Dowswell T, Burkes M, Dickinson H, Towner J, Hayes M, 2002. Bicycle helmets - a review of their effectiveness: a critical review of the literature. Department for Transport Road Safety Research Report 30.