Wishing you a full recovery etc, could try a bike with a low cross bar - may help perhaps.
A list of 'why helmet promotion without due warnings is wrong' could be considered;
Erke and Elvik19 (Norwegian researchers) 2007 stated: "There is evidence of increased accident risk per cycling-km for cyclists wearing a helmet. In Australia and New Zealand, the increase is estimated to be around 14 per cent."
Erke A, Elvik R, Making Vision Zero real: Preventing Pedestrian Accidents And Making Them Less Severe, Oslo June 2007. page 28http://www.toi.no/getfile.php/Publikasj ... 7-nett.pdf
See Robinson DL; Head injuries and bicycle helmet laws; Accid Anal Prev, 28, 4: p 463-475, 1996, refer Table 5 showing the increased accident rate for children.http://www.cycle-helmets.com/robinson-head-injuries.pdf
Both Table 2 and 5 in the report shows safety reduced, accident rate increased for children, up approximately 16% and 70%.
Two detailed reports have found problems with helmet promotion
Hillman M, 'CYCLE HELMETS the case for and against' Policy Studies Institute, London 1993. After fully considering the issues involved Dr Hillman did not recommend either mandatory helmet wearing or helmet promotion.
The UK's National Children's Bureau (NCB) provided a detailed review of cycling and helmets in 2005 stating "the case for helmets is far from sound" page 46, "the benefits of helmets need further investigation before even a policy supporting promotion can be unequivocally supported" page 46.
"The strong claims of injury reduction made by helmet proponents have not been borne out for fatalities (which this paper argues is the most methodologically sound test of effectiveness) in real-life settings with large populations." page 46.
Gill T, Cycling and Children and Young People – A review, National Children's Bureau, 2005. http://www.cycle-helmets.com/cyclingreport_timgill.pdf
The UK consumer magazine Which? independently tested 24 helmets and reported
that only 9 passed all tests and therefore even new helmets may not be reliable.
Which?; Get a head start, p 28 – 31, October, UK, 1998.
Helmet promotion can discourage cycling, children expelled from school near Derby, GMTV reported 2 Dec 1997.
Reduced numbers cycling to school in Australia with helmet promotion.
The Police rewarding children for wearing helmets contributes to a culture of social discrimination and already some judges are thinking it is warranted to reduce compensation to cyclists not wearing a helmet, compared to pedestrians or indeed motor vehicle occupants.
The case for helmets is not conclusive because several reports contain details which raise serious doubts whether helmet wearing improves safety overall. The accident rate can increase by wearing a helmet.
The BMA concluded in 2008 that for fatal accidents, the force of impact in such instances is considered so significant that most protection would fail. There are several incidents (overseas) of deaths to children due to strangulation by helmet straps.
Moderate cycling has many physical and mental benefits (BMA 1992) by reducing the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer and depression, and helping to control weight and increase fitness. Dr Hillman from the UK's Policy Studies Institute calculated the life years gained by cycling outweigh life years lost in accidents by a factor of 20 to 1.