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Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2015;22(2):172-6. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2013.877937. Epub 2014 Feb 5.

Motorcycle helmet use in Mar del Plata, Argentina: prevalence and associated factors.

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a Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, and Facultad de Psicología , Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata , Mar del Plata , Argentina.


Injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes constitute a growing problem in Argentina and other Latin American countries. The problem is aggravated because helmet use is not widespread. This observational study analysed the prevalence of helmet use and related factors in a city in Argentina. The sample consisted of 2542 observations of motorcyclists. The results show an incidence of helmet use of 69.8% for drives and 43.4% for passengers. Helmet use was greater among women. Environmental and temporal conditions were related with the rate of helmet use. The findings indicate a considerable increase in helmet use with respect to prior years, providing evidence in favour of government policies. However, the number of motorcycles in circulation has tripled in the past five years, and therefore, the public health impact of injuries due to motorcycle crashes persists.


Argentina; helmet; motorcycles; protective devices

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