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February 1987

Childhood Bicycle Injuries: What Can We Do?

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1450 N Cherry Tucson, AZ 85719

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(2):135-136. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460020025018

Of the more than 1200 bicycle-related deaths that occur each year in the United States, approximately half occur in children.1 Among children less than 10 years old, the death rate from bicycling injuries exceeds the death rate from many other causes that received considerably more attention, such as accidental poisonings,2 falls,3 and firearm accidents.3 The death rate from bicycling injuries is similar to that from medical illnesses such as Haemophilus influenzae meningitis.4 Therefore, the report in this issue by Selbst and colleagues5 is timely and important because it focuses our attention on the serious problem of bicycling-related injuries among children (also see Allen and Borland's6 editorial).

Several previous reports7,8 noted that the majority of serious bicycling injuries involve head and neck trauma. In Calgary, Alberta, Guichon and Myles7 found that more than two thirds of bicycle-related hospital admissions occur because of