Older Motorcyclists Linked with More Serious Injuries

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  1. _cy_

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    Older Motorcyclists Linked with More Serious Injuries: Grandpa Spending More Time in the Emergency Room
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    Middle-aged riders were somewhat less likely to suffer an accident than their counterparts, but were still 66 percent more likely to sustain serious injury than were younger bikers.

    It's always good to "get your motor running," but for the older generation, this can mean more serious motorcycle injuries.

    A Brown University study published Wednesday in the journal Injury Prevention, found that bikers age 60 and over were 2 1/2 times more likely to wind up in an emergency room with severe injuries than were riders in their 20s and 30s.

    Middle-aged riders were somewhat less likely to suffer an accident than their counterparts, but were still 66 percent more likely to sustain serious injury than were younger bikers.

    "There are always some risks involved with motorcycles," said lead author Tracy Jackson, a doctoral student of epidemiology at Brown's Public Health Program. "But there may be some physical factors that make older riders more prone to being in an accident, or more prone to injury."

    Reports also listed that older and middle-aged adults were also more likely to suffer internal organ injuries, most commonly including brain injuries. However, younger riders were more likely to suffer less serious injuries, including but not limited to contusions, abrasions, strains or sprains.

    Bone fractures were the most common injuries among all groups of riders. However, the groups highest at risk for the most serious kinds were older.

    "The greater severity of injuries among older adults may be due to the physiological changes that occur as the body ages," the authors wrote. "Bone strength decreases, subcutaneous and visceral fat distribution may change, and there is a decrease in the elasticity of the chest wall. ... Other factors such as delayed reaction time, altered balance and worsening vision may also make older adults more prone to getting into crashes," the authors wrote.

    Statistics show that a quarter of motorcycle riders in the U.S. are 50 or older. Previous regional studies have shown that injuries among riders who were 65 or older increased 87% between 2001 and 2007, while fatalities in that same group increased 145 percent.

    And overall, authors found that the older riders had a higher risk of hospitalization at 35 percent, while the middle-aged riders had a rate of 25 percent and younger riders only had a rate of being hospitalized at 15 percent.

    "The highest rates of hospitalization were for injuries to the head/neck, upper trunk and lower trunk, with older adults being hospitalized approximately half the time they sustained injuries to these sites," the authors wrote.
    http://www.scienceworldreport.com/a...ists-linked-more-serious-injuries-grandpa.htm
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    "Reports also listed that older and middle-aged adults were also more likely to suffer internal organ injuries, most commonly including brain injuries."


    Do-rags with skull and crossbones offer little protection. :lol3
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    Ladies and gentlemen, your tax dollars at work.

    We need to bolster the general fund account and give research assistants something easy to keep them out of trouble... Quick- to the Obvious Hypothesis Generator!
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    Not news to me, everything hurts worse than 40 years ago as a 20 year old.
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    I wonder how much money was spent to discover the fact that people in their 20s are more resilient than people who are 40+? :1drink
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    Im sure a similar study would conclude that a 38 year old NFL player is more likely to suffer an injury during a game than a 22 yr old at the same position.

    The important question is "Do the results of this study persuade anyone on this forum to stop riding?" :ear

    Wear more gear and keep on truckin'......
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    yep, and what don't hurt gets numb after 500 miles:lol3.............
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    I (provably) still bounce O.K., you other old bastards - harden up :wink:

    I thnk one of the BIG differences is motivation, when young, you have an incentive to ignore the pain, older - meh - I'm not going to get any anyway :lol3

    And those stats are likely heavilly biased by the US cruiser stats, post middle age old bastards falling off on the way back from the bar. Those assless chaps don't provide a whole lot of protection. :lol3

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    Is this news? Sometimes I feel like I've suffered a serious injury by sleeping in the wrong position.
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    me thinks there's just more older riders riding more miles, no doubt, the older you are, the more likely yer gonna get hurt IF you crash.

    I'll bet on a per mile basis, old folk don't crash anymore than anyone else, that statistic belongs to inexperienced riders regardless of age
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    All of you old fart's out there, self included, don't fucking crash then!!
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    afew years ago i saw an older gent get off his harley d and grab a cane to go to his hotel room.im older now also but still love to be on 2 wheels.for people who look at statistics and say you old fuks need to stop riding before you get seriously hurt.well.try to stop breathing.
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    props to the OP for linking the study.

    You aren't coming off like you know what you're talking about with respect to research. If it is so easy, why don't you do better?

    There is a real lack of research into motorcycle accident rates and motorcycle safety in general, so what's the complaint? (the references cited in the original article are pretty cool, though).

    One interesting finding is that the number of injuries in the 40-59 and 60+ age groups has increased from 2001 to 2008. I think that is the more interesting finding here.
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    The NUMBERS are probably right, but the detailed cause is the question. For example, if it were actually old guys with no helmets falling off a Harley on the way back from the bar - most of us could just ignore the 'risk' because it's just not applicable.

    It could also be that the health insurance industry asked the medical providers for more accident detail in 2001. Same proportion of injuries, but formerly just logged as "broken leg" or "abrasions" - and of course the evil one - better cover if it's a vehicle accident than a fall at home.

    Like the urban legend about UK stats for sporting deaths:
    'Squash' featured fairly highly for a number of years - until someone investigated in detail and it turned out that most of the deaths had been due to completely different ball games (i.e. ones in the wrong persons bed) and that was the 'standard' way doctors were writing it up to avoid causing a lot of embarassment.

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