More and more people cycle but there are still lots of adults who do not wear a helmet. The increased number of injuries is causing the German Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma, DGOU (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie) to provide advice and encourage cyclists to protect their head when cycling. In Sweden, four out of ten adults wear a bicycle helmet, but in Germany, the average is just 18 per cent. During the cycling season, trauma doctors note an increase in the number of bicycle accidents.
Several German experts and doctors are issuing a statement to the press about the benefits of using an airbag for protection. Senior physician Christopher Spering at the Department of Trauma Surgery, Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), says,
“When using the airbag, the impact to the head is slowed in the event of an accident, and the spine is stabilised, which reduces the risk of cranio-cerebral trauma (physical damage to the skull and the skull's internal structures)and whiplash injuries to the cervical spine.”
The DGOU also refers to Stanford University's study, which found that the risk of concussion in the event of an accident is up to eight times lower with Höving's airbag compared to using traditional cycle helmets.
“Lots of people buy expensive electric bicycles and then try to save money on their head protection. Whether you use an airbag or a bicycle helmet, it’s important that the head is protected when cycling.For people with an electric bicycle in particular, it’s worth considering using an airbag as head protection,”says German researcher Christian Juhra from the Department of Trauma at Münster University Hospital in Germany.
GDOU (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie) is a medical scientific association in Germany with approximately 10,800 members and a common focus on orthopaedic surgery and trauma care.
Read more about GDOU and their press releases here: https://dgou.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/detailansicht-pressemitteilungen/artikel/fahrradhelm-und-kopf-airbag-schuetzen-bei-einem-unfall-vor-verletzungen/
Read more about Stanford University’s study"Modeling and Optimization of Airbag Helmets for Preventing Head Injuries in Bicycling”: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10439-016-1732-1