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Citation

Smith TA, Tees D, Thom DR, Hurt HH. Accid. Anal. Prev. 1994; 26(6): 795-802.

Affiliation

Head Protection Research Laboratory, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1994, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

7857493

Abstract

A group of 72 impacted bicycle helmets were collected, primarily from manufacturers with a crash replacement policy that encourages the return of damaged helmets. Each damaged helmet was thoroughly inspected and measured to determine the construction details and collision damage. Laboratory replication tests were then performed on selected samples using exemplar helmets to determine impact velocity and peak headform aceleration. The predominant impact location was the front left quarter and the replication studies indicate that the majority of impacts took place on flat surfaces from drop heights of 1 meter or less. Overall, it is evident that a large number of bicycle helmet users who have benefited from the use of a bicycle helmet, and future bicycle helmet standards must incorporate the protective requirements of this unique group.

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