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Twenty-five years of bicycle helmet promotion for children in Skaraborg District, Sweden.

Research paper by Diana Stark DS Ekman, Robert R Ekman

Indexed on: 26 Jul '12Published on: 26 Jul '12Published in: International journal of injury control and safety promotion



Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe some of the results of a long-term bicycle helmet campaign for children in Skaraborg District, Sweden. The hospital discharge data for bicycle-related injuries occurring in children under the age of 15 were reviewed, to assess changes in patterns for head and other body injuries. The study shows that head injuries to children as a result of bicycle injuries were reduced between 94 and 99% in the study areas. The tremendous gains in safety for children who ride bicycles in Skaraborg District were the result of not only national policy changes that occurred in the latter half of this study period but also the result of local collaborations based on the Safe Communities model, which were organised during the first part of the study period.