With the influx of adults riding two-wheelers to work in the summer and children jumping on their bikes to visit friends and go to the park, accidents sometimes follow.
Every year, 26,000 children in the United States are seen in emergency departments for traumatic brain injuries related to bicycle riding, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. What’s more, according to JAMA (the American Medical Association’s journal), the percentage of injured cyclists of all ages with head injuries increased from 10 to 16 percent from 1998 to 2013, and torso injuries increased from 14 to 17 percent.
The good news: Many of these injuries could be lessened or avoided with proper helmet use. The Institute for Highway Safety cites research that estimates helmet use reduces the chances of a head injury by 50 percent and the odds of head, face, or neck injury by 33 percent.
Health Matters spoke with Dr. Alexis Halpern, assistant attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, to learn ways to protect yourself and enjoy a safer summer whether riding on city or suburban streets.