Excerpt from "Kids falling off bikes costs $200 million a year"
"Smith, an emergency room pediatrician, said his report was the first to look at inpatient stays. He estimated that bicycle-related injuries among children and adolescents result in nearly $200 million in hospital inpatient charges annually.
The study also found motor vehicles were involved in 30 percent of bicycle-related hospitalizations and that a third of the hospitalized children had traumatic brain injuries.
"We know that bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of brain injury by up to 85 percent. We need to increase efforts to promote helmet use by children riding bicycles," Smith said.
"The top three things that I tell parents they can do to protect their child when riding a bicycle is 'wear a helmet, wear a helmet, wear a helmet'.""
Very imformative man! That's cool of you to post this.
Wearing a helmet will save your trip to the hospital, But we should consider lots of factors too. Like Ill fitting helmets ( too large or to loose, forehead exposed, tilting on one side and cheapo low quality ones.
Are our children's head worth 20 dollars only? Let's buy proper helmet for our kids.
article definitely makes a good point... get a proper helmet for your child.
one thing I don't like about these types of articles is they seem to say that bicycling is an inherently dangerous sport/activity. many parents will read this article and say to their child "you can't have a bike, it's too dangerous". the child could then become an overweight, couch potato, video game junkie instead of riding a bike. what's the cost of hospitalization from disease and premature death due to lack of exercise? the article should also mention the benefits of exercise and compare cycling against ER visits for skateboarding, inline skating, ...
not enough information is given when sound bites or short articles become our major source of "news"... a product of our media outlets that cater to short attention span consumers.
enzo, thanks. Ill fitting helmets is a good point. I remember my "responsible" parents buying me a slightly oversized helmet when i got my first Huffy, thinking I'g grow into it. (Dang, i miss that bike ;D) Luckily, when i did have an accident, what kid didn't? My head proved stronger than any helmet. ;)Hehe. J/K Helmets are important!
@wcaostbo, yeah, I guess that will be an issue. I just hope that for kids these days having a bike will still have the same magical allure it did for me. I still remember waking up to my first bike and pedaling it everywhere! What I'm saying is that what parent can say no when a kid really wants something!
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gadgets88: a very good friend of mine was 1 of the unfortunate victims of the wall in maarat. going down he didn't anticipate the curve coming way too fast, endo at the deep canal, hit the back of his helmet, i was right behind him when it happened back in april 2005, it almost claimed me as well, anyway, he suffered lacerations to his forehead, lip, chin, a 6-inch long wound down his right shin, you could see the bone actually, and lastly, temporary amnesia. he kept resetting every 15 seconds (just like the movie 50 first dates) it was really bad, since then I lost a lot of DH speed and got a bit more cautious in riding. I could still see the incident in my head every time i go down that wall. scary.