Bicycle Helmet Legislation for the Uptake of Helmet Use and Prevention of Head Injuries
Description of Resource:
Cycling is a popular pastime among children and adults and is highly beneficial as a means of transport and getting exercise. However, cycling related injuries are common and can be severe, particularly injuries to the head. This systematic review assessed the effects of bicycle helmet legislation on bicycle-related head injuries and helmet use, and the occurrence of unintended adverse consequences. This review found no randomized controlled trials, but found 5 studies with a contemporary control that looked at bicycle-related head injury or bicycle helmet use. The results of the review support bicycle helmet legislation for reducing head injuries, but the evidence is currently insufficient to either support or negate the claim that helmet laws may discourage cycling.