Riding a bike can offer a number of health benefits, while protecting older joints, tendons, and muscles from too much jarring and pounding on the ground that can occur during activities such as running.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a clinical trial regarding bicycle use and injury.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/why-do-40-not-do-this) answers the question: what is the best exercise to stave off diabetes, heart disease, and more? Well, how about cycling? Riding a bike can offer a number of health benefits, while protecting older joints, tendons, and muscles from too much jarring and pounding on the ground that can occur during activities such as running. As the article details, an Alberta research team recently conducted a large review of clinical trials regarding bicycle use and injury. The study revealed some interesting statistics about cyclists.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports on one study that compared the prevalence of correct helmet use by cyclists across multiple factors like age, gender, riding companionship, riding location, average neighborhood family income, and region.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Why Do 40% Not Do This,” reports the study’s results:
- 60% were wearing a bicycle helmet
- 40% were not wearing a helmet
- 15.3% of the helmeted cyclists were wearing their helmet incorrectly or were using a non-bicycle helmet
- 53% of children and 51% of adults tended to wear their helmet too far back, while 48% of adolescents tended not fasten helmet straps
- 76% of the adult cyclists incorrectly used their helmet
The researchers looked at more studies and found these other statistics about cycling and helmet use:
- Helmets lower the risk for head and brain injuries.
- Helmets help prevent fractures and injuries to the head, neck, face, and jaws.
- Alcohol both impairs the decision to wear a helmet and promotes risky behavior.
- Incorrect helmet use is worsening the severity and outcome of injuries.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article highlights a reminder from these researchers to the public to wear a helmet and be aware of its correct use when cycling.
(SOURCE: Uibel, S., et al., "Bicycle helmet use and non-use recently published research," J. Occup. Med. Toxicol., May 25, 2012; 7(1):9.)
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