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Old 08-24-08, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by twiggy_D View Post
You've contradicted yourself, anything that is going to put you into intensive care* isn't going to be a minor fall/accident, it's going to be something serious.

The sad thing is many cyclists who are hit and killed are wearing helmets, and even when they aren't wearing helmets, the cause of death tends not to be head injuries alone, but rather multiple injuries sustained over the entire body.

*btw, you've written Intensive care unit unit in your post, a common mistake, much like PIN number...
'Got any stats or sources to back this up? I'm rather skeptical of what you write here. Here is a study I have not posted before:
1: Am J Public Health. 1997 Jun;87(6):1049-52.Click here to read Click here to read Links
Injuries to bicyclists in Wuhan, People's Republic of China.
Li G, Baker SP.

Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 21287, USA.

OBJECTIVES: This study examined the morbidity and mortality from bicycling injuries in Wuhan, China. METHODS: Police department data for the year 1993 complemented by data from emergency room interviews were analyzed. RESULTS: The death rate from bicycling injuries was estimated as 2.2 per 100000 population, more than seven times the rate for the United States. At least 79% of the fatalities and 17% of the emergency room cases sustained head injuries, the majority (71%) of which resulted from contact of the head with the concrete or asphalt road. None of the patients was wearing a helmet at the time of injury, and helmet use among the general bicyclist population was nonexistent. CONCLUSIONS: Bicycle-related head injury is an important public health issue in China. The effectiveness of safety helmets in developing countries needs to be evaluated.

PMID: 9224197 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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