In a study from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers have determined that bicycle handlebar-related abdominal or pelvic organ injuries pose a serious health risk to children and result in substantial health care costs. In non-motor vehicle related bicycle crashes, as many as 80 percent of internal organ injuries are associated with handlebar impact. Requirements for safer handlebar designs may reduce the risk of these costly injuries. The study is published in the American Medical Association's September issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. "In one year, more than 1,100 children in the United States suffered serious internal organ injuries due to bicycle crashes not involving motor vehicles," states Dr. Flaura Winston, M.D., Ph.D., the study's lead author and director of TraumaLink, an interdisciplinary pediatric injury control research center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "The majority of these injuries, as many as 900, were due to handlebar impact."
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