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An Investigation into Helmet Use, Perceptions of Sports-Related Concussion, and Seeking Medical Care for Head Injury amongst Competitive Cyclists

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Centre for Physical Activity and Life Sciences, University of Northampton, Northampton NN1 5PH, UK
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The Department of Psychological Sciences, School of Psychology, Elizabeth Fry Building, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK
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Centre for Applied Sport Physical Activity and Performance, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2861; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052861
Received: 18 January 2022 / Revised: 24 February 2022 / Accepted: 24 February 2022 / Published: 1 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cycling Medicine)
The purpose of this study was to investigate competitive cyclists’ helmet use, perceptions of sports-related concussion (SRC), and medical-care-seeking behaviors. A mixed-method approach was used with qualitative and quantitative data presented. The study comprised of a cross-sectional analysis of 405 competitive cyclists who completed an online survey. Results indicated that most participants believed a bicycle helmet protects against SRC (79.5%) and considerable numbers of participants would not seek medical care for potential head injury in scenarios where this would be recommended. It was also discovered that marketing of concussion reduction technology influences cyclists’ helmet-purchasing behaviors. With the data presented, it is recommended that governing bodies in cycling need to develop educational resources to address gaps in knowledge regarding SRC amongst cyclists. We also suggest that more independent research on concussion reduction technologies in bicycle helmets is needed, with advertising supported by clear scientific evidence to avoid negatively influencing head injury management and reporting behaviors amongst cyclists. View Full-Text
Keywords: sports-related concussion; helmets; competitive cycling; medical care seeking behaviors sports-related concussion; helmets; competitive cycling; medical care seeking behaviors
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Hardwicke, J.; Baxter, B.A.; Gamble, T.; Hurst, H.T. An Investigation into Helmet Use, Perceptions of Sports-Related Concussion, and Seeking Medical Care for Head Injury amongst Competitive Cyclists. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 2861. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052861

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Hardwicke J, Baxter BA, Gamble T, Hurst HT. An Investigation into Helmet Use, Perceptions of Sports-Related Concussion, and Seeking Medical Care for Head Injury amongst Competitive Cyclists. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(5):2861. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052861

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Hardwicke, Jack, Brett Anthony Baxter, Tim Gamble, and Howard Thomas Hurst. 2022. "An Investigation into Helmet Use, Perceptions of Sports-Related Concussion, and Seeking Medical Care for Head Injury amongst Competitive Cyclists" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 5: 2861. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052861

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