Motorcycle helmets reduce spinal injuries

US study claims wearing a lid has added benefits

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Wed, 16/02/2011 - 10:33

AN American study claims that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of spinal injuries.

The study, conducted by Dr. Adil H. Haider, an assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, analysed over 40,000 motorcycle collisions between 2002 and 2006 and found that those wearing a helmet were 22 percent less likely to suffer cervical spinal injury. The research also found that those who wore a helmet were 65 percent less likely to suffer trausmatic brain injury and 37 percent less likely to die than those without a helmet.

Over the last 15 years in America, a number of states have revoked their mandatory helmet laws following lobbying from anti-helmet activists, who often cite a 25-year old study that claims the weight of the motorcycle helmet increases the risk of spinal injuries.

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