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Medical News & Perspectives
December 22 2010

Findings on Youth Injuries Bolster Case for Helmet Use by All Motorcycle Riders

JAMA. 2010;304(24):2683-2684. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1811

While most studies of youth-related motorcycle injury focus on death, a new report describes the significant burden of nonfatal traumatic brain injury in this population. An accompanying study shows that while younger motorcycle riders are required by law to wear helmets in 47 of the 50 United States, young cyclists in states that require helmets only for younger riders face a greater risk of traumatic brain injury than do young motorcyclists in states that require all riders, regardless of age, to wear helmets.