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Bike Accidents Cause More Brain Injuries Than Other Sports

Yes, according to research from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, that statement is correct. Despite the enormous amount of attention focused on brain injuries in youth and professional high-contact sports, more people suffer bike accident-related head injuries.

In fact, biking caused 86,000 of America's 447,000 sports brain injuries. Football and baseball together accounted for roughly that number. One fairly obvious factor helps explain the size of this statistic: more people ride bikes than play contact sports. Nevertheless, this research is a big reminder that biking can be dangerous.

Ohioans who bike regularly, whether for pleasure or for commuter purposes, know that cars and other vehicles are probably the biggest threat. When a motor vehicle and a biker collide, the biker is almost always at risk of far more severe injuries. Even when bikers wear helmets, the consequences of a serious bicycle accident can go far beyond the harms that any helmet can protect against.

This reality shows in the AANS's report. Along with the many benefits of biking, Americans need to recognize that it can be a dangerous way to get around.

Source: New York Times, "Really? Cycling Is the Top Sport for Head Injuries," Anahad O'Connor, June 3, 2013 

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