Protective clothing and impact protection for motorcyclists

Bianca Albanese, Lauren Meredith, Tom Whyte, Tom Gibson, Liz de Rome, Michael Fitzharris, Matthew Baldock, Julie Brown

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Impact protectors are worn by motorcyclists to reduce the risk and severity of injuries in crashes, but previous research reports no benefit in terms of preventing fractures. This study examined the performance of impact protectors worn in serious injury crashes and their energy attenuation performance when tested under the European Standard (EN1621-1). Eighty-three percent of impact protectors tested met Standard requirements. While only 4 impact injuries (defined as fractures, dislocations, avulsions) occurred in protected regions, no association between energy attenuation and these injuries was found. Characteristics other than energy attenuation may be important for protection, but further research is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference
EditorsG.A. Mattos, R.H. Grzebieta, A. Williamson
Place of PublicationACT Australia
PublisherAustralasian College of Road Safety
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • motorcycle
  • protective equipment
  • impact protection
  • injury
  • crash

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