Really? Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries
Last Post 06/05/2013 11:00 AM by Joe Rockbottom. 15 Replies.
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velofellow 2.0

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06/04/2013 02:58 PM
From today's NY Times: (I couldn't post a link, so I copied the whole story, though the formatting got lost along the way.) THE FACTS Last week, New York City began its long-awaited bicycle sharing program, the largest in the nation. As in many other cities, helmet use was made optional, in part to encourage greater participation. But a look at the statistics suggests that riding without a helmet is not a decision to make lightly. While football tends to dominate the discussion of sports-related head injuries, research shows that bike accidents account for far more traumatic brain injuries each year. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, cycling accidents played a role in about 86,000 of the 447,000 sports-related head injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2009. Football accounted for 47,000 of those head injuries, and baseball played a role in 38,394. Cycling was also the leading cause of sports-related head injuries in children under 14, causing 40,272 injuries, roughly double the number related to football (21,878). Part of the reason is that bicycling is so ubiquitous. But people are also more cavalier about taking precautions, said Dr. Gonzalo Vazquez-Casals, a neuropsychologist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York. Bicyclists are also at high risk of colliding with motor vehicles, and when riders are not wearing helmets, such collisions frequently result in serious head injuries. For example, about 90 percent of bicyclists killed in the United States in 2009 were not wearing helmets. A majority were middle-aged men. In New York City, 75 percent of all fatal bike accidents involve a head injury. In addition to wearing a helmet, another helpful precaution is using a marked bike lane: Streets that have them have 40 percent fewer crashes ending in death or serious injury. THE BOTTOM LINE Bike accidents contribute to more sports-related head injuries than any other activity.
Keith Richards

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06/04/2013 03:05 PM
During the summer of 2002, an estimated 2.5 billion bicycling trips were made by people 16 and older in the U.S.

Royal, D., and D. Miller-Steiger, 2008

National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Basically, when you look at the sheer number of people riding bikes, the % is actually quite low. Add in the fact that they are combining recreational activities and sporting activities in cycling and I don't see too much surprising other than the fact that NYers are LOSING THEIR SHIT over the new bike sharing program.
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Orange Crush

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06/04/2013 03:09 PM
They mix and match sport and recreational activities, and likely transportation (although not expressed). Just one among a number of falacies. Apples and oranges. (edit, what Keith posted, in order to properly understand relative risk you need to prorate it by # bike trips, # of games played etc.)
Dale

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06/04/2013 03:30 PM
Yeah, I don't know anyone who commutes to work playing soccer (sorry Denis, hand-egg)
THE SKINNY

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06/04/2013 03:39 PM
bikesnob has been all over this. people just gotta have something to hate.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Keith Richards

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06/04/2013 03:46 PM
WSJ editorializer: ‘The bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise’

This is how bad it is in NY right now.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
79pmooney

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06/04/2013 04:50 PM
Dale, there was a report recently of a soccer player being killed while dribbling along the side of the road.

And for perspective: We should outlaw birth and life. They have been shown statistically to be tied to death in a near 1:1 ratio.

Ben
Orange Crush

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06/04/2013 04:58 PM
Ben - There are some other species that might argue with that ratio if they could :-)
ChinookPass

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06/04/2013 05:06 PM
Keith, that lady must've just come from her afternoon tea (party).
stronz

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06/04/2013 05:11 PM
The comments are funny --"I'm surprised she doesnt like the bike share program. She was doing OK on her bike in the Wizard of OZ"
Dale

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06/04/2013 05:20 PM
Ben, I totally forgot about that guy. That wasn't far from you if I remember right. Yeah, that was sad.



The Wall Street Journal oh, how the mighty have fallen! You'd think Rupert Murdock owns the paper from the read of it... hang on a bit, phone's ringing ....uh, ever mind
C2K_Rider

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06/04/2013 06:32 PM
Sorry to say, an awful lot of the people hit by cars around here are, how shall I say it, low level worker guys riding their bikes at night without lights. Because they don't have cars. And that soccer-dribbling guy was in Oregon and was dribbling his way to the World Cup in Brazil. Lately It seems I've read too many stories about people on world trips getting hit by drivers not paying attention....
jacques_anquetil

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06/04/2013 09:20 PM
yah. there's a difference between a cyclist, and a guy riding a bike.
Master50

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06/04/2013 09:26 PM
I am betting of those %90 not wearing helmets were in fact 2 wheel pedestrians. These are people that when on a bike use pedestrian rules. Sidewalks, against traffic, ride in crosswalks, weave all over the place, duck in and out of parked cars, etc.
Spud

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06/05/2013 07:44 AM
Almost hit a bike rider traveling against traffic the other day pulling out of my road. Me waiting to take a right. Looking left, when I had the opening in traffic I started to proceed and at the very last second there he was. Lucky for him I was able to react as fast as I did. Then I get the middle finger from him.
C2K_Rider

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06/05/2013 11:00 AM
Posted By Mike Shea on 06/04/2013 09:26 PM
... 2 wheel pedestrians...


That's a good way of describing them!


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