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Trends in head injuries among child bicyclists

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6922.177 (Published 15 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:177
  1. W R Pitt,
  2. S Thomas,
  3. J Nixon,
  4. R Clark,
  5. D Battistutta,
  6. C Acton
  1. Mater Children's Hospital, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia
  2. Department of Epidemiology, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Herston, Queensland 4029
  3. Department of Child Health, University of Queensland Herston, Queensland 4029
  4. Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, Queensland 4029 Queensland Radium Institute, Herston, Queensland 4029
  5. Queensland Radium Institute, Herston, Queensland 4029
  1. Correspondence to Dr.Pitt.

    Wearing of approved helmets by bicyclists has been recently made compulsory in several states in Australia and the United States, and similar legislation is being promoted in the United Kingdom. Those against helmets argue that they are not effective in collisions with motor vehicles. Evidence supporting helmet legislation has included decreases in the number of head injuries associated with wearing a helmet1 and a reduction in the risk of bicycle related head injury among helmet wearers in a case-control study.2 We examined trends in the incidence of head injuries and bicycle related injuries in Brisbane children by using injury surveillance …

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