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Cyclists requiring treatment in US Hospitals 1991 to 2000

Year

Total injuries

Total head injuries

% head injuries

All injuries < 15 yrs

Head injuries < 15 yrs

% head < 15 yrs

1991

567,700

66,820

12%

381,450

50,160

13%

1992

607,615

70,616

12%

423,671

55,239

13%

1993

559,197

62,866

11%

377,369

46,516

12%

1994

570,985

65,688

12%

369,207

46,747

13%

1995

553,064

63,216

11%

339,866

42,843

13%

1996

533,501

61,192

11%

335,245

43,201

13%

1997

567,002

61,861

11%

350,546

41,261

12%

1998

597,280

66,890

11%

362,330

43,280

12%

1999

614,590

71,720

12%

378,260

47,920

13%

2000

627,160

73,750

12%

373,090

49,250

13%

Totals

5,798,094

664,619

11%

3,691,034

466,417

13%

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Note:

The proportions of head injuries did not change over the period despite helmet use in the USA increasing from 18% of cyclists in 1991 to 50% in 2000.
However, cycle use during the period fell by 21%.
Thus those who continued to cycle were 40% more likely to suffer head injury by 2001 than in 1991.