When it comes to crash protection for the head, helmets serve as one of the best – and only – ways to provide yourself with additional safety. But just how well do helmets protect your head?
If you look closer into statistics relating to helmets, you may come to some interesting conclusions. In particular, recent studies have shown that helmets do not provide equal protection from all forms of injury.
Helmets provide the best protection
The National Library of Medicine discusses the role helmets play in crash scenarios. The study in question revealed several important things. Namely, it revealed that helmets still serve as the best way to protect your head in the event of a crash, but that they still have room for improvement. This shows clearly in the fact that helmets do not provide equal protection from all injuries.
Specifically, the study revealed that skull fractures saw a reduction of 69 percent. By comparison, intracranial hemorrhaging saw a reduction of 53 percent, while cerebral contusion saw a 71 percent reduction. Certain injuries, like uncomplicated concussions, showed inconclusive results regarding effectiveness.
Room for improvement
In the end, the study results overall stated that since helmets do not currently provide equal protection from all forms of injury, improvements should occur. Specifically, the study summarized that efforts should focus on improving the “rotational acceleration management” in motorcycle helmets, which may help to lower the risk of injury even further.
In the meantime, it is still crucial for motorcyclists to wear their helmets whenever they hit the road. This is the best way to prevent serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) or even death.