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25% of Child ATV Riders Never Wear Helmets

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Rachel Moody3 years ago

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers, twenty-five percent of adolescents in the U.S. have ridden an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), but less than half of them regularly wear helmets and a quarter never do. 

About the ATV Study

ATVs can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and are most popular with rural kids, who are the users least likely to wear a helmet.  This puts them at a serious risk for injury.  Researchers also found that those who most frequently ride ATVs had the lowest consistent helmet use.

According to Reuters, CDC researchers analyzed responses to a 2011 online survey of 831 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 about their health-related beliefs and behaviors.  Children were asked how often they rode ATVs and whether they “always” or “not always” wore helmets while riding. 

They found that twenty-five percent of kids said they had ridden an ATV in the past year.  Of those, twice as many lived outside a major metropolitan area. 

Only forty-five percent of kids who had ridden in the last year said they always wore a helmet and twenty-five percent said they never did.  Among the kids who had ridden six or more times in the past year, 8 in 10 said they didn’t always wear a helmet. 

ATV Statistics

  • According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, an estimated 29,000 children were hospitalized in 2011 because of ATV-related injuries.  The same study says there are more than 10 million ATVs in use in the U.S.
  • The previous year, researchers found that serious injuries in ATV crashes were fifty percent more likely to be deadly than comparable injuries among motorcycle riders. 
  • The researchers emphasized the importance of showing kids safe practices and stated that the parents should be a priority in accomplishing this.
  • U.S. Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken, 41, was left paralyzed after severing her spine in an ATV accident last month. 


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