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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Westchester Medical Center Health Network Encourages Safe Cycling and Always Wearing a Helmet While Biking

Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash, but only 18 percent of bicyclists wear them

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 400,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries each year, making this one of the most frequent causes of pediatric injury. In all riders, bicycle helmets are 85-88 percent effective in mitigating head and brain injuries, making the use of helmets the single most effective way to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes. Despite the fact that 70 to 80 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries, only 18 percent of all bicyclists wear bicycle helmets.

While there is no concussion-or-injury-proof helmet, this information will help you learn what to look for, and what to avoid when picking out and fitting a helmet for your child or teen.

For more injury prevention and safety tips, visit westchestermedicalcenter.com/trauma

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration