New Study Shows Nearly Half of Bike-Related Hospitalizations Diagnosed as Traumatic Brain Injury

New research unveiled by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign shows that nearly half (47 percent) of children hospitalized for bike-related injuries suffer from a traumatic brain injury.

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign and Founding Sponsor Johnson & Johnson are teaming up to send a simple message to parents and kids when on any kind of wheels - Use Your Head. Wear a Helmet!

Brain injury is the leading killer and disabler of children, says Dr. C. Everett Koop, Sc.D., former U.S. Surgeon General and chairman of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. Damage to the brain from an external blow can affect one's ability to walk, talk and think. The consequences can be devastating and permanent and change a child's life - suddenly and forever.

While more than three-quarters of tweens surveyed said that a brain injury could occur as a result of a wheel-related crash and 65 percent of kids knew that the effects of a brain injury could last a lifetime, less than half said they wear a helmet on every bike ride. Less than a third wore a helmet while riding scooters, skateboards or inline skates. Only 9 percent said that it is likely they will suffer a brain injury while riding.

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