helmet laws - flawed research

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helmet laws - flawed research

Postby rooster » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:10 am

Article today in the Herald in which the authors in the original study that had suggested that helmet laws had no effect on head injuries now concede there were major flaws in their analyses. :oops:
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/authors-admit ... 19a9x.html

Ultimately this type of population level study don't really address the real question as far as i'm concerned: if I'm about to have a serious stack, would I be better off with a helmet on?
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Re: helmet laws - flawed research

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:29 am

rooster wrote:Ultimately this type of population level study don't really address the real question as far as i'm concerned: if I'm about to have a serious stack, would I be better off with a helmet on?

That's a pretty dumb question.

(Also, this link has already been posted.)
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Re: helmet laws - flawed research

Postby rooster » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:42 am

Really? I presume you've got the evidence somewhere in your back pocket...
The fact that there might be a population level association (or not) between helmet laws and head injuries should be irrelevant to your personal decision about whether you should wear a helmet or not.
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Re: helmet laws - flawed research

Postby simonn » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:14 am

rooster wrote: The fact that there might be a population level association (or not) between helmet laws and head injuries should be irrelevant to your personal decision about whether you should wear a helmet or not.


Quite. The question is whether you should be forced by law to wear a helmet with punitive measures taken against you if you do not.

The problem is that instead of simply sticking to the above the anti-MHL campaigners strolled into territory they should have avoided and shot themselves in the arse in the process.

Anyway...

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Re: helmet laws - flawed research

Postby Missy24 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:15 am

Oh hey, if I was looking to beat a dead horse this is where I'd come ;)
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Re: helmet laws - flawed research

Postby TheSkyMovesSideways » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:20 am

rooster wrote:Really? I presume you've got the evidence somewhere in your back pocket...

You misunderstand. I wasn't implying that you'd be better off without a helmet on. I thought the question was dumb for two reasons; firstly because the answer is so obvious that the question is unnecessary, you would be better off with a helmet on in the event of a crash, and secondly because the question was given in the context of an article on mandatory helmet laws, yet is completely irrelevant to whether helmets should be mandated or not.

rooster wrote:The fact that there might be a population level association (or not) between helmet laws and head injuries should be irrelevant to your personal decision about whether you should wear a helmet or not.

I like this attitude. Personal decisions are something we should be allowed to make. :D

simonn wrote:Anyway...

Oh damn you... Now I need to find a copy of Digger. :| :lol:
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Re: helmet laws - flawed research

Postby AUbicycles » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:50 am

Mod Says:
1) Please post in the correct section - this has been moved out of General into Cycling Safety
2) This topic exists already here hence the thread is now closed
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