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Study: Helmets Protect Against Spine Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

A new study suggests that motorcycle helmets, known to dramattically reduce the number of brain injuries and deaths from crashes, are also associated with a lower risk of cervical spine injury.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been studying the effects of motorcycle helmets in traffic accidents. “We are debunking a popular myth that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle can be detrimental during a motorcycle crash,” says assistant professor of surgery and study leader Adil H. Haider. “Using this new evidence, legislators should revisit the need for mandatory helmet laws. 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.”

Researchers say activists lobbying against universal helmet laws have cited a small study suggesting that, in the event of a crash, the weight of a helmet could cause significant torque on the neck that could have devastating effects on the spine. Results of the Johns Hopkins study show that helmeted riders were 22 percent less likely to suffer cervical spine injury than those without helmets.

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