The utility cyclist wrote:Marcus Aurelius wrote:The risks are totally different. Stop comparing apples with dishcloths. Cycle helmets reduce the risk of head injuries whilst cycling, anyone who thinks differently really needs to think about it a bit harder
All the global evidence including that from sports such as boxing, gridiron, cricket, pro cycling, Ice Hockey absolutely say you are wrong.
Go bother yourself to look at the facts, it's fairly easy for a computer literate person to find them.
Boxing https://sports.yahoo.com/news/boxing-de ... -lvGEQxAuG
Ice Hockey, significant increases in head injuries, two massive NA research papers which took data from the late 60s through to the late 80s, gridiron sees massive CTE problems because the helmets despite being far better than those in cycling are still unable to stop concussions/TBI, what has had an immediate effect in reductions has been changing of the rules recently with targeting the head in play.
I can do this all day long.
Go ask Headway, an org who are massively pro cycle helmet, how many head injuries are reported within the UK to medical professionals from the general population, ask them how many people are hospitalised due to such, then ask them how many of those are from people on bikes.
Firstly the numbers will show you that the general population require, IF helmets do indeed offer the efficacy you suggest, to be worn at all times and should be made compulsary as it's costing tax payers/NHS billions of pounds a year. It tells us that cycle head injuries are a tiny, tiny fraction of the number, it'll tell you that a significant, if not major factor is the actions of a criminal motorist that caused it, that large swathes of those are from those wearing helmets. If you dig deeper, deaths solely by head trauma in children are greater whilst motor vehicle occupants, than deaths of children who were on a cycle by any injury type in UK (2016 data) .
Dig further again and head traumas and indeed trauma of all body parts as well as deaths have INCREASED significantly in pro/amateur racing since helmet mandation, that's despite better on course protocols regarding safety, more barriers, more marshals, more warnings of acute turns, despite better tyres, better brakes, better handling bikes.
You like many present no hard facts and make statements that are ultimately proven to be false.
That is calm and well-reasoned post putting ole Marcus' common sense* in its place. Of course, he will never be convinced .... but perhaps a number of others reading will.
* Common sense: neither common (there are many different opinions, from well-reasoned to out&out loon, on the same subjects); nor sense (out&out loon opinions dominate).