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Evaluation of the protective effect of bicycle helmets (a GIDAS-analysis 2000-2007)

  • Aim of the study was to evaluate the protective effect of bicycle helmets particularly considering injuries to the head and to the face. Accidents with the participation of bicyclists which occurred from 2000 to 2007 were chosen from GIDAS. We observed that injuries to the head and face were more severe in the group of non-helmeted riders. There seems to be no significant difference in injuries with AIS 3-6. Altogether 26 cyclists were killed. 2 of them wore a helmet (1% of helmeted cyclists), 24 did not (1% of non-helmeted cyclists). Only one killed rider (without helmet) did not suffer from polytrauma (only head injuries recorded). The findings seem to support the thesis of a preventive effect of the bicycle helmet, however the two groups are different in their characteristics related to riding speed. Necessarily we need a multivariate model to evaluate the effect of helmets.

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Author:Jan Tschernitschek, Lars Hannawald, R. Koch, Hans Zwipp
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2012/08/03
Year of first publication:2010
Contributing corporation:Klinik für Unfall- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie <Dresden>
Release Date:2012/08/03
Tag:Analyse (math); Gesicht; Konferenz; Kopf; Radfahrer; Schutzhelm; Schweregrad (Unfall; Statistik; Verhütung; Verletzung; Verletzung); Wirksamkeitsuntersuchung
Analysis (math); Conference; Crash helmet; Cyclist; Face (human); Head; Impact study; Injury; Prevention; Severity (accid; Statistics; injury)
Source:4rd International Conference on ESAR "Expert Symposium on Accident Research", S.1-8
Institutes:Sonstige / Sonstige
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
collections:BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 83 Unfall und Mensch
BASt-Beiträge / ITRD Sachgebiete / 84 Personenschäden
BASt-Beiträge / Tagungen / International Conference on ESAR / 4th International Conference on ESAR
Licence (German):License LogoBASt / Link zum Urhebergesetz

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