Opponents of motorcycle helmet laws might want to take a look at a new study suggesting that helmets will not only prevent death and serious injury to the head, but can also prevent cervical spine injuries. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, motorcyclists who wore helmets were 22% less likely to suffer a cervical spine injury in an accident than those who did not wear a helmet. Cervical or neck injuries can result in disk or nerve damage and some injuries can lead to paralysis, and in some severe cases even death.
The study helps dispel the hypothesis that helmet weight causes significant torque on the neck during motorcycle crashes which could contribute to spinal injuries. “We are debunking a popular myth that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle can be detrimental during a motorcycle crash,” study leader Adil H. Haider, MD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “There is no doubt that helmets save lives and reduce head injury. And now we know they are also associated with a decreased risk of cervical spine injury.” According to Haider, this new study “is the strongest evidence yet that helmets significantly reduce cervical spine injury.”
Today, helmets are mandatory for all riders in only 20 states. Hopefully, these findings will help encourage more riders to wear helmets to increase safety and help reduce traumatic injuries.
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