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Does Your Child Wear A Bicycle Helmet?
Bicycling is the third most popular form of recreational exercise in the nation. About 33 million children in the US ride bicycles. Unfortunately, bicycle-related head injuries cause more than 150 deaths and 450,000 non-fatal injuries among children in the United States each year. Although bicycle helmets are very effective in preventing head injury, only 24 percent of US children regularly wear them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities in children could be prevented if all children wore helmets while riding a bicycle. Currently, 15 states have bicycle helmet laws for children.

Bicycle helmets provide substantial protection against injuries to the head, upper face, and mid face. Nevertheless, each year, more than 150,000 children are treated just for craniofacial and orodental injuries related to bicycle accidents in emergency departments across the United States. As valuable as they are, however, bicycle helmets do not offer protection to areas of the lower face - which includes the chin, lower jaw, lips, and teeth. It is therefore advisable for children to also use a protective chin cup or mouthguard while bicycling, skateboarding, or skating in-line.

          Types Of Bicycle Helmets