I am studying for my advanced sports chiropractor certification (CCSP) and ran across this interesting information. I know many of my patients bike to my office downtown at Market and Battery and take long rides on the weekend. Too often we think short bike rides are less risky. These stats prove otherwise:
- More children ages 5 – 14 go to the ER with head injury related to biking than any other sport
- Each year over 500,000 people go to the ER for bicycle related injuries
- There are ~ 900 fatalities each year
- Statistics suggest between 70 – 80% of all crashes involve head injury
- 90% of fatalities involve collisions with motor vehicles
- 1/3 at intersections
- Males are 7X more likely to die
- Most likely to occur within five blocks of home
- Almost half occur in driveways and on sidewalksThe Take Home: Wear a Helmet!
- Ensure proper fit
- Make sure it is worn correctly (I often see people with a helmet on and the clip is not buckled – which is useless)
- 85% of head injuries could be prevented with a helmet
- Universal use of helmets could prevent one death every day and one brain injury every four minutes
William Moreau, D.C., DACBSP®, C.S.C.S., F.I.C.C.
Dr. Moreau is the Director of Sports Medicine Clinics for the United States Olympic Committee where he leads the multiple disciplinary sports medicine teams at all three Olympic Training Centers. He is also the founder and educational coordinator for DConline.