Why Every Parent Needs To See This Photo
A pediatrician has urged parents to make their children wear helmets, showing a confronting image of a destroyed helmet.
Doctor Free Hess posted a photo of the helmet, which is in pieces, on her Facebook page PediMom.
"Take a look at the helmet below," Hess wrote.
"Imagine this blow being taken by a child's head WITHOUT the protection of a helmet."
"I see children in my Pediatric ER for head trauma after falling from a bike very often," she wrote.
"Some of these children are struck by cars but many sustain head injuries simply from losing control of their bikes while riding.
"Helmets in this situation can make the difference between a simple concussion and severe neurological injury and even death."
A study by the University of New South Wales earlier this year found cycling fatalities have almost halved since helmet legislation was introduced around the country in the 1990s.
Victoria was the first state to introduce mandatory helmet laws in July 1990, then all states and territories followed suit with the ACT the last in July 1992.
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The study found that that there had been 46 percent fewer deaths since then, and calculated there had been 1,332 fewer fatalities than had the laws never been introduced.
"There were 1,144 cycling fatalities in the period 1990-2016 and, using the pre-legislation trajectory as a guide, our model estimates 2,476 cycling fatalities from 1990 to 2016 if bicycle helmet legislation had not been introduced," the report said.
The report found that NSW had the biggest increase of children using helmets after laws were introduced, jumping from 12 percent to 81 percent.
Queensland has the lowest number of children wearing helmets, with just 71 percent, only slightly beaten by the Northern Territory and Western Australia on 77 percent.
South Australia has the highest number of children wearing helmets at 86 percent.
The report concluded that the reduction in cycling fatalities in Australia appears to be primarily due to the increased use of helmets and not other factors.