Young people who wear speedflex (flex) helmets may be less likely to get head injuries, according to a new study from the University of Washington.
The research, published in the Journal of Trauma, found that children who wore speedflex and speedflex-equipped helmets during the summer months were less likely than their peers who wore a speedflex helmet and a traditional helmet to be injured.
The study also found that speedflex models also reduced the risk of injury from a fall.
The study, which analyzed data from more than 1,600 children ages 9 to 17, compared speedflex to a traditional and a standard helmet for young children.
Speedflex helmets were worn during the summers of July and August.
Speed flex helmets had a higher impact-absorbing material, a higher density, and were lighter.
But the researchers did not find any statistically significant differences between the two.
Speed flex helmets are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, but pediatricians say that many children who wear them have their first fall hurt and need to wear a speed flex helmet for protection.
In the current study, the researchers found no statistically significant difference between the speed flex and traditional helmets.
The new study also looked at children ages 3 to 8 who wore either a speed-flex or speed-equipped helmet, and found no significant difference in risk of head injuries between those who wore one or the other.
The researchers also found no differences between children ages 1 to 3 and 4 years old.
The researchers hope to study the safety of the speedflex products in more children.
A study that examined the safety in older children was not completed, but they hope to be able to measure the safety and effectiveness of a child wearing a speed Flex helmet in the next few years.More News: