Bicycle helmets and the law

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3817 (Published 12 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3817

Re: Bicycle helmets and the law. Why not a turban?

It is amazing that helmets are supported with such a passion that the poor turban, worn by Sikhs in this country, lawfullly and as an alternative to a helmet, has been ignored by epidemiologists.

It was suggested by yours truly (J Roy Soc Med 2005, February; 98(2):86) that the merits of this turban should be studied. There is a considerable population of fully fledged Sikhs (as opposed to the Sehjdhari Sikhs who do not subscribe to the full five requirements of the Khalsa). These Sikhs with a bulky turban, tightly wound and with the long hair collected in a bun on top of the head inside would appear on the face of it, to be protected to some extent from head injury.

Whether the somewhat shorter and less loose turban worn in Khyber and beyond would be effective at all, is doubtful.

As a start, would the epidemiologists like to study head injury data of Sikh cyclists vs non-Sikh cyclists?

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 January 2015
JK Anand
Retired doctor
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