We see kids riding their scooters all the time without helmets. Parents please read this article and ensure your children are wearing helmets when they're on their scooter.
This appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald in December 2014.
Helmet-free children court danger in crash landings
Helmets on: children learning to ride at Essendon Traffic School. Photo: Justin McManus
Children are seven times more likely to need neurosurgery for a head injury following a bicycle, scooter or skateboard accident if they weren't wearing helmets, a new study has found.
The study also found children who ride a push-scooter were among the least likely to wear a helmet but the most likely to have a head injury.
University of Melbourne Associate Professor Franz Babl, of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, presented the study on Tuesday to the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine conference in Melbourne.
Omer Yandim learning how to ride a bicycle at the Essendon Traffic School. Photo: Justin McManus
The study looked at the 8000 head-injury cases presented to the Royal Children's Hospital over three years from 2011 and found about 650 were linked to "recreational vehicle use".
More than a third of the head injuries seen by Royal Children's emergency department were caused by bicycle accidents, while scooter accidents were linked to 18 per cent of the head injuries recorded.
However, only one in four scooter riders wore a helmet at the time of the injury.
Skateboarders made up more than 11 per cent of head injuries but fewer than one in five wore a helmet.
"When you look at the scooters and the skateboards, they are really the problem," Associate Professor Babl said.
Helmets were worn at the time of accident by 65 per cent of bicycle riders seen by the hospital, and 83 per cent of children riding horses or motorbikes at the time of the accident.
"The area where parents can intervene is pushing children who use scooters or skateboard to use their helmets," said the professor.
He noted that horse riding and cycling both had "a culture of using helmets", and called on schools and parents to start insisting that helmets also be worn when children rode skateboards and scooters.
The study is the work of PhD student Dr Silvia Bressan and Associate Professor Babl.
The rides and percentage of children wearing helmets when they presented at Royal Children's with head injuries.