Results from an 11 year study of bicycling injuries at a Denver trauma center show that injury rates and length of hospital stays for bicyclists rose over the course of the study, according to an article by Randy Dotings in USA Today.
The study found that chest injuries rose by 15% and abdominal injuries tripled over the last five years. The study also reveals that many bicyclists are still not wearing a helmet when they ride. Significant head injuries were sustained by 33% of the 329 injured cyclists in the study group.
The study was presented during the 2009 Clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons, held Oct. 11 to 15 in Chicago.