2017, Injury prevention -

Adult Bicycle Injuries on the Rise

Bicycle-related accidents within the U.S. have elevated dramatically since 1998, particularly amongst cyclists over age 45, in line with a analysis letter within the Journal of the American Medical Affiliation.

Researchers from the College of California, San Francisco, analyzed damage information for grownup cyclists from a pattern of about 100 hospital emergency departments. As biking has change into extra fashionable—the variety of folks commuting to work by bicycle rose greater than 60 p.c between 2000 and 2013, in line with the nonprofit League of American Bicyclists—the variety of severe accidents has elevated. Particularly, the us research discovered a disproportionate rise in biking accidents amongst folks over 45—who accounted for 23 p.c of reported accidents in 1998, however now account for 42 p.c. Furthermore, about two-thirds of biking accidents requiring hospital admission now happen in folks over 45.

The findings underscore the significance of carrying a helmet and taking different security measures everytime you mount your bike. For extra particular recommendation, see our slideshow 12 Suggestions for Higher Biking.