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source: The Telegraph

Cycle helmets are useless, says brain surgeon

Leading neurosurgeon tells the Hay Festival cycling helmets are 'too flimsy' to be beneficial

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has said that cycle helmets were useless
There, Now I look like a homosexual.

A leading neurosurgeon has controversially claimed that cyclists who wear helmets are wasting their time.
Henry Marsh, who works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, said that many of his patients who have been involved in bike accidents have been wearing helmets that were ‘too flimsy’ to be beneficial.
He made the comments while speaking at the Hay Festival during a discussion with Ian McEwan, whose 2005 novel Saturday featured a neurosurgeon.
He cited evidence from the University of Bath that suggests that wearing a helmet may even put cyclists at greater risk. The research showed that drivers get around 3 inches closer to cyclists who wear helmets because they perceive them as safer.
He said: “I ride a bike and I never wear a helmet. In the countries where bike helmets are compulsory there has been no reduction in bike injuries whatsoever.


9 comments:

  1. Well, if ya ain't got the common sense to get a properly fitted and properly worn helmet, the doc is probably spot on. Me, I'll go ahead and hedge my bets by doing both. Oh yeah, even though my state doesn't require me to wear a DOT approved helmet when on my 'moped' - I'll continue to do that as well.

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  2. While I agree that many of these helmets are not engineered to the best possible specifications to say they are "USELESS" is going WAY too far. Even a HAT will
    help to some degree in protecting the brain during trauma. ANY helmet....even a
    poorly designed and manufactured one is BETTER than NO helmet. This douche is
    not doing anyone any favors with his pontificating.

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    1. Here's what I don't get: I don't ride a bicycle anymore, but when I was a kid, I must have put over 100,000 miles on various bikes that I owned. During that time, I had a lot of wipe outs, but only when I was doing crazy shit. I never even came close to having a mishap just riding normally and sensibly, never. Neither did any of my friends. The only time that anyone I knew, ever had any type of accident was when they were doing something that was unsafe to begin with, like jumping and stuff like that. These bicyclists that wear helmets aren't doing anything extreme, they're just riding. Sure there is always a chance of falling or getting hit by a car and receiving a head injury, but the chances of it are so incredibly small that it seems like a helmet is going overboard. Why wouldn't they also wear gloves, knee, and elbow pads? Those the body parts that I would mess up back when I rode a bicycle. If you feel you need a helmet for normal bike riding, wouldn't you also need one for walking, or sitting on a park bench, or playing touch football, or soccer? There's a million things we do that are every bit as dangerous as casual bicycle riding that we would never even consider wearing a helmet for. It also seems strange to me that so many bicyclists wear helmets, while so many BMX freestyle guys don't, and so many guys that ride crotch rockets and Harley s don't. I wouldn't even consider wearing a helmet for riding a bicycle until I saw almost 100% of people riding motorcycles and doing stunts with BMX bikes wearing helmets.

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    2. Tell that to yourself when the cheap plastic splits your skull when it shatters into long pointy fragments.

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    3. You must not have read the comment. I said the chance of that happening is incredibly small. If we need helmets for casual bike riding, then we also need them for going to the movies, eating out at restaurants, camping, and reading books. Tell that to yourself next time you hurt your head playing a game of Monopoly.

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  3. I've spent 35+ years in radiology....Since I started the use of helmets has skyrocketed and the incidence of pediatric head trauma presenting to the ER has diminished. While it's not a nice pretty academic study with statistics, control groups and double blinds it IS real world experience from a real world professional who has seen lots of head trauma...IN THE REAL WORLD. So I stand by my assertion.....ANY head gear of ANY type offers SOME protection compared to nothing.

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    1. ."ANY head gear of ANY type offers SOME protection compared to nothing." Absolutely, no question about it, BUT we do things that involve more risk than casual bicycle riding everyday, and do not wear a helmet. If we are going to wear helmets to go on a bike ride, why not wear one playing touch football or soccer? Obviously, you are safer when you wear a helmet, BUT, you also give up something. Something that's hard to pin down, or put into words, but I KNOW it's there, and we lose a little bit more of it every time we go to extremes try to eliminate even the smallest of risks. Casual bicycle riding without a helmet is a risk I would be willing to take anytime. Every minute of my job is more dangerous than riding a bike without a helmet, and the majority of my free time is spent doing things more dangerous than riding a bike without a helmet. Maybe this post might help you understand where I'm coming from:
      http://goldengeesenews.blogspot.com/2013/11/now-just-where-in-bed-of-my-pickup.html

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    2. Helmets are just another example of authoritarian control. Ride free, live free. Risk to injury justifies living!

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    3. Chief Nose Wetter - "Risk to injury justifies living!" - You just said in one sentence, what would take me several paragraphs to say.

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