New study finds bicycle helmet use reduces acquired brain injury

Bicycle helmet use reduces the odds of acquiring a brain injury, according to a recent review study of 64,000 injured cyclists published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

The authors of the study, Jake Olivier and Prudence Creighton, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales, found that bicycle helmet use reduced brain injury for serious or fatal head injury, and facial injury. Neck injury was rare and not linked with helmet use.

According to Olivier and Creighton, this study “support the use of strategies to increase the uptake of bicycle helmets as part of a comprehensive cycling safety plan.”

A full-article abstract and links to the full text are here.