Do Motorcycle Helmets Cause Neck Injuries? – California Motorcycle Training

Study Suggests Motorcycle Helmets Reduce Neck Injuries

The motorcycle helmet debate has raged for decades and will not likely subside any time soon. The freedom some riders feel when they ride helmet-less, wind blowing through their hair if they are like me: over their bald head) is so good, they don’t want to hear about helmet benefits.

Helmets have been shown to reduce traumatic brain injuries (TBI), but research on the neck has been limited.

There has been a belief among helmet haters that neck injuries will happen more often when riders wear helmets. Some believe a helmet can actually “snap” the neck.

Many studies are based on sketchy data and after the analysts get through the numbers it’s hard to know what the real conclusion is. A recent study at the University of Wisconsin took numbers from the Level One Trauma Center in Madison, and the numbers speak for themselves:

  • 1061 victims of serious accidents were brought to the trauma center between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2015.
  • 323 were wearing helmets. (Wisconsin has no mandatory helmet law.)
  • 15.4% of riders without helmets had a cervical spine (neck) injury.
  • 7.4% of riders with helmets had a cervical spine injury.

Is this study the end of the debate? No. Larger numbers will be necessary to come to a conclusion, but this is a start toward truly understanding the big picture.

What is the definition of freedom?

Noun – The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.

Our country was based on the principle of freedom, including freedom of choice. I think we can agree that information is the key to making smart choices.  Shiny Side Up Motorcycle Training believes it is important to present all the information that is available.

We also believe that the best way to prepare for a motorcycle accident is to avoid it. Solid, fundamental motorcycle training has been shown to reduce accidents and therefore injuries. Call us at 858 412 RIDE (7433) for information about our training classes, dates, and times.