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Bicycle Accidents: Significant Cause Of Brain And Other Injuries

Bicycle-related injuries among children and adolescents in the U.S. are a significant public health concern, costing nearly $200 million in annual in-patient hospital charges, according to a new study published in the October issue of Injury Prevention.

One-third of children hospitalized for bicycle-related injuries were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.  Many of these injuries could have been prevented or have been minimized if a helmet was used.

The national study, conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, estimates that approximately 10,700 children are hospitalized annually for a bicycle-related injury with an average length of stay of three days.

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