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posted on April 12, 2011

Do helmets encourage risky behaviour?

By: Alex Hutchinson
Published: Apr. 10, 2011
Source: The Globe and Mail

The question

Do helmets really help reduce my risk of a head injury?

The answer

The message that Mikael Colville-Andersen offered to his audience at the TEDx conference in Copenhagen last November isn’t what you’d expect from a cycling advocate who travels the world promoting urban bike use.

“There are actually scientific studies that show that your risk of brain injuries is higher when you’re wearing a helmet, and that you have a 14-per-cent greater chance of getting into an accident with a helmet on,” he said. “These are not things that we hear about too often.”

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