According to the American Academy of Pediatrics1:
“Bicycling remains one of the most popular recreational sports among
children in America and is the leading cause of recreational sports
injuries treated in emergency departments. An estimated 23,000 children
younger than 21 years sustained head injuries (excluding the face)
while bicycling in 1998.
The bicycle helmet is a very effective device
that can prevent the occurrence of up to 88% of serious brain injuries.
Despite this, most children do not wear a helmet each time they ride a
bicycle, and adolescents are particularly resistant to helmet use.”
Helmets are an essential for safe biking. Here are some tips
from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to get your children to
wear their helmets consistently2:
Establish the helmet habit early, starting from the
tricycle or when they are riding on your bike.
Let them choose their own helmet. They are much more
likely to wear one that is comfortable and looks good.
Wear a helmet yourself—you are the most important example.
Tell your children why you want them to protect their
heads—brain injuries can be life altering for everyone.
Tell them that all of the pros do it—they look pretty cool
doing it too.
Reward your children for wearing their helmets, especially
when they don't have to be reminded.
Don't let children ride their bikes unless they wear their
Encourage your children's friends to wear helmets—get
everyone on board.
Committee on Injury and
Poison Prevention, Policy
Statement: Bicycle Helmets. American Academy of Pediatrics.
PEDIATRICS Vol. 108 No. 4 October 2001, pp. 1030-1032.