12 December 2012

Tornado coming? Put on your bike/sports helmet

BIRMINGHAM -- UAB researchers say that motorcycle helmets, football helmets and bicycle helmets offer a practical, inexpensive solution to reducing the risk of head injuries during a tornado and are calling on the federal Centers for Disease Control to incorporate the advice in its tornado preparedness messages. "It's such a common sense idea that we wonder why it hasn't caught on..."

A review of 50 years of literature found that head injuries were the most common cause of tornado deaths, said Russ Fine, the center's director and one of the co-authors of the report. "You don't need extensive studies to call for this, what you need is common sense," he said.

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