Performance Improvement 2000. Injury/Violence Prevention


Evaluation of NCIPC Injury Control Recommendations for Bicycle Helmets

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) published recommendations on the use of bicycle helmets in preventing head injuries in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of February 17, 1995. The publication includes information on the magnitude of the problem of bicycle-related head injuries; the potential impacts of increased helmet use; helmet standards and performance in actual crash conditions; barriers that impede increased helmet use; and approaches to increasing the use of bicycle helmets within the community. The bicycle helmet recommendations are the first in a series of planned injury control recommendations from NCIPC. The evaluation of the bicycle helmet guidelines offers a timely opportunity to explore "lessons learned" before NCIPC develops and disseminates future guidelines.

AGENCY SPONSOR: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

FEDERAL CONTACT: Sacks, Jeffrey, M.D.

PIC ID: 6700

PERFORMER: Battelle Corporation
Arlington, VA