Central Illinois study shows great benefits from children's bike helmets

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Central Illinois study shows great benefits from children's bike helmets

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A new study confirms children's bicycle helmets effectively protect the head and brain during a crash.

Although head injury is the most common cause of death and disability from bicycle crashes, experts estimate only 15 to 25 percent of kids wear helmets.

Using cadaver skulls, researchers found helmets reduced the force of a head impact at 30 miles an hour to an impact of only seven miles per hour.

The helmeted skulls could also withstand up to 470 pounds in a crush test.

Researchers urge parents to lead by example by wearing helmets themselves.

This study was led by researchers at Illinois Neurological Institute and published in 'Journal of Neurosurgery:
Pediatrics'.

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