Ever wonder why bicycling injuries are happening in your community? Ever wonder if there is something more you can do to prevent them besides stressing the importance of helmets? Fortunately Embree et al. ( 10.1542/peds.2016-0282) did wonder about the answers to these questions in a new systematic review being released this month in our journal categorizing through systematic review all published studies meeting the authors’ eligibility criteria that describe the individual and environmental factors associated with bicycle injuries in children and teens.
Fourteen studies are included and while heterogeneous in their content as you might imagine, they still provide some interesting information on who is more likely to have an injury and in what setting (e.g. rural versus urban, on the road versus on the sidewalk) and what are the outcomes in those settings.
Rather than spoil the journey through this review article, cycle through the findings yourself and then share them with your patients with the hope that knowing what the peer-reviewed literature contains may help lead to prevention strategies that you can help advocate for and/or even implement in your community. A helmet is not necessary for the reading of this article—and pedaling through it is quite easy—so please read the findings in this systematic review and learn more.