Posted October 09, 2018 07:05:06 The technology to make cycling helmets safer has just entered its next phase, and that’s when you might not even be wearing a helmet at all.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who wear a helmet may have a 10% lower risk of a head injury, and in some cases a 50% lower chance of a serious brain injury.
That means that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce your risk of being injured or killed on a bicycle by as much as 90%.
But that’s not all.
While helmet manufacturers claim they are safer than conventional helmets, a new study shows that they may actually be worse for you, too.
A new study led by researchers at Boston University found that people who wore helmets when they were younger, before the advent of helmet technology, had a 40% higher risk of death and a 15% lower likelihood of surviving to be older than 25 years old.
While the researchers weren’t able to determine the cause of the higher risk, they suggest that the high risk of developing serious injuries may be linked to the high level of helmet wearing among young people.
The researchers suggest that if you’re a person who already has a helmet and you start getting older, you’re more likely to wear one.
“Our data suggest that wearing helmets in young adulthood, as opposed to earlier in life, is associated with an increased risk of the development of severe injuries,” the researchers wrote in their study.
“In contrast, older adults, who do not wear helmets, do not have increased risk for these outcomes.”
The researchers also noted that the findings were similar to previous research that found younger adults who didn’t wear helmets were more likely than older adults to have serious injuries.
But there are two important caveats to the study.
First, the researchers didn’t investigate the impact of helmet use on other risks.
The other major caveat is that the research team limited their analysis to the US, and so the data doesn’t include the impacts of helmets on other countries.
Another limitation of the study is that it was based on self-reporting.
While it’s certainly possible that there are some biases in self-report, the authors of the new study noted that people can be more likely for people who wear helmets to report that they have received helmet training, which may affect their risk for serious injuries or deaths.
“This was an observational study, not a causal one,” said Michael Mascaro, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“Our findings, if replicated, would suggest that helmets may reduce the risk of serious injuries and deaths but not all of them.”
This research was published in the October 2 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics.