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Risk Compensation: A Male Phenomenon? Results From a Controlled Intervention Trial Promoting Helmet Use Among Cyclists

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Prevention tools are challenged by risky behaviors that follow their adoption. Speed increase following helmet use adoption was analyzed among bicyclists enrolled in a controlled intervention trial. Speed and helmet use were assessed by video (2621 recordings, 587 participants). Speeds were similar among helmeted and nonhelmeted female cyclists (16.5 km/h and 16.1 km/h, respectively) but not among male cyclists (helmeted: 19.2 km/h, nonhelmeted: 16.8 km/h). Risk compensation, observed only among male cyclists, was moderate, thus unlikely to offset helmet preventive efficacy.

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hal-04064784 , version 1 (11-04-2023)

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Antoine Messiah, Aymery Constant, Benjamin Contrand, Marie-Line Felonneau, Emmanuel Lagarde. Risk Compensation: A Male Phenomenon? Results From a Controlled Intervention Trial Promoting Helmet Use Among Cyclists. American Journal of Public Health, 2012, 102 (S2), pp.S204-S206. ⟨10.2105/AJPH.2012.300711⟩. ⟨hal-04064784⟩
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