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Strategies of Injury Control

 

 

 


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In the field of injury reduction it is generally felt that more passive (automatic) the method of injury prevention the more effective it will be at protecting the potential victim.  Conversely, the more actively involved the individual is required to be to avoid injury the less effective will be the program.

For example (progressing from passive to active):

  • A design improvement in a roadway to accommodate bicycles and motor vehicles (requires no involvement by the users and the benefits from the improvement are permanent.)
  • Replacing the break pads on a bike (requires a limited time commitment by the individual.  The benefits will last a considerable length of time without any further fuss with the break pads.)
  • Using a bicycle helmet (The user must first purchase a helmet, then be committed to putting it on each time they ride a bike.  After the user puts the helmet on it requires no additional active involvement to continue to provide protection.)
  • Riding a bicycle safely (This requires constant vigilance.  The is the constant introduction of new hazards so there is a constant need for active participation in injury avoidance.)

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