Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently reported on a new study, which indicates that bicycle-related injuries in children and young adults in America may be more of a concern than originally thought. The study was reported in the October issue of Injury Prevention and states that bicycle-related injuries among children and adolescents result in nearly $200 million in hospital charges each year.

This study is the first of its kind to analyze patient and injury characteristics associated with bicycling injuries utilizing a nationally representative sample. This study, and others similar studies previously recorded, only encourage the need for children to use caution as a way to prevent this number from rising. Bicycle helmets are always encouraged, however, more and more I feel they should be a necessity. Bicycle laws are a great way to implement safe practices and educate children on the importance of safety at a young age.

You can read more on this new report here.