ERIC Number: ED425556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Mental Retardation through Use of Bicycle Helmets. ARC Q&A #101-48.
Arc, Arlington, TX.
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize what is known about preventing mental retardation through use of bicycle helmets. Questions and answers address the following topics: the importance of bicycle helmets; the number of bike riders injured or killed each year in bicycle crashes (about 1,000 killed, over 500,000 people injured, of whom 32.5 percent suffer head injuries); data on children and bicycle head injuries (138,000 per year); the rate of helmet usage for bicycle riders (fewer than 2 percent of children), despite the evidence that helmet usage reduces head injuries by 85 percent; tips for choosing and fitting a bicycle helmet; barriers to children's helmet use (lack of awareness of the need, cost, and peer pressure); and what states and communities are doing and can do to increase use of bicycle helmets. Additional organizational and print resources are listed. (DB)
Descriptors: Bicycling, Head Injuries, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Neurological Impairments, Prevention, Safety Education
Arc National Headquarters, 500 E. Border St., S-300, Arlington, TX 76010; Tel:: 817-261-6003; TDD: 817-277-0553.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.