Archive for the ‘Helmets’ Category

The paradox of bicycle helmets

After a bicycle helmet law was imposed in Australia, many cyclists insisted that their helmets saved them from injuries. Yet cycling injuries increased. How can both be true at the same time? They can be true at the same time if there is a large increase in accidents. From the injury data, this is what seems to […]

US government drops claim that helmets reduce 85% of head injuries

The US government has dropped its claim that bicycle helmets reduce 85% of head injuries. The claim came from “research” conducted by avid helmet advocates in 1989. Many researchers have tried to replicate its results, but have been unable to do so. Amid severe criticism over the implausible claim, the authors had to re-work their data, and arrived at […]

Helmet manufacturer ordered to pay $3 millions as compensation for brain injury

US helmet manufacturer Riddell was ordered to pay US$3 millions in compensation to an injured football player who suffered severe brain damage, as well as paralysis on his left side, despite wearing a helmet. A Colorado jury found Riddell negligent in failing to warn players about concussion dangers. This is one of many lawsuits against […]

The fallacy of the cracked helmet

We tend to look at a cracked helmet and assume it is “proof” it saved a life. Actually, a cracked helmet has failed to work as intended: “The next time you see a broken helmet, suspend belief and do the most basic check – disregard the breakages and look to see if what’s left of […]

Barefoot running and cycling

An interesting analogy between barefoot running and cycling: For years it has been ingrained in to folk that go hill-walking that it is *essential* to wear “stout footwear with proper ankle support”, with the latter taken to mean a high lacing cuff and the phrase really meaning big, stiff hiking boots. In more recent times […]

The surprising impact of helmets on safety

Abstract Contrary to popular belief, helmets main impact on safety has not been the protection they provide, but the increased in the risk of accident associated with them. Helmets protect, but not enough to compensate for the increased risk of accident. Although the motivation for wearing a bicycle helmet is to reduce the risk of death & […]

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