Study: Helmets cut risk of traumatic brain injuries

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A new study finds that helmets significantly reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries.

According to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, helmets should be worn while participating in recreational sports, such as bicycling, snow sports, ice skating and equestrian sports.

Bicycle riding is considered one of the leading causes of sports-related head injuries.

A 2012 study of U.S. bicycle helmet use among children ages 5 through 17 reported that only 42% always wore a helmet, and 31% never wore one.

The organization recommends that children, teens and their adult caregivers should wear a helmet during participation in recreational sports in order to prevent traumatic brain injures.

They say that helmets should be replaced if involved in a crash, if they are damaged, or outgrown.