"Bicycle helmets do an outstanding job of keeping our skulls intact in a major crash. But they do almost nothing to prevent concussions and other significant brain injuries—and the very government agency created to protect us is part of the problem. The time has come to demand something safer
posted by killdevil
on Jun 18, 2013 -
: Cycling is popular among children, but results in thousands of injuries annually. In recent years, many states and localities have enacted bicycle helmet laws. We examine direct and indirect effects of these laws on injuries. Using hospital-level panel data and triple difference models, we find helmet laws are associated with reductions in bicycle-related head injuries among children. However, laws also are associated with decreases in non-head cycling injuries, as well as increases in head injuries from other wheeled sports. Thus, the observed reduction in bicycle-related head injuries may be due to reductions in bicycle riding induced by the laws. [FULL TEXT PDF] [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Feb 27, 2013 -
"She lets go of the handle and goes into free fall. At the same time, she jerks the manual release on her cervical collar and goes into full Michelin Man mode as tiny gas cartridges detonate in several strategic locations around her bod. The biggest one goes off like an M-80 at the nape of her neck, unfurling the coverall's collar into a cylindrical gas bag that shoots straight up and encases her entire head. Other airbags go off around her torso and pelvis, paying lots of attention to that spinal column."
In his 1992 book Snow Crash
, Neal Stephenson described a protective airbag technology for bikers and skateboarders. It's become a reality
. [more inside]
posted by quin
on May 15, 2012 -
is a bike helmet that is made from cardboard and out performs the standard polystyrene-filled lids.
posted by jeffmac
on Jun 9, 2011 -
'The Helmet Project
web site is an attempt by its creator, a completely amateur graphic artist and a long-time fan of football at all levels, to create and maintain an on-line "catalog" or "atlas" of uniform-sized, accurate, and up-to-date images representing the football helmets worn by college football teams and teams from a few professional leagues in the United States and Canada.'
posted by T.D. Strange
on Jun 5, 2006 -
The number of children with flattened heads
(aka positional plagiocephaly) is on the rise. The cause? "Back to Sleep
," the government program that urged parents to prevent SIDS
by putting their babies to sleep on their backs.
The condition can be treated through surgery, the use of an orthotic helmet
, or just letting the kid be, in the hopes of growing out of it.
According to this article
, though, the medical establishment has been less than willing to acknowledge the problem and deal with it proactively.
posted by greatgefilte
on May 12, 2005 -
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cardmodel helmets today! Für Vergrößerung klicken!
[All content in German, but don't let that stop you!]
posted by mwhybark
on Oct 13, 2004 -