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More and more children are donning protective helmets when cycling, but most wear them improperly, exposing them to possible head injury, researchers said yesterday.

A study of 479 children aged 4 to 18 at a Falmouth, Mass., clinic found 73 percent reported they "always" or "almost always" wore a helmet when cycling. Helmet use has steadily risen from 18 percent of kids in 1991.

But a test found that only 4 percent, or 20, of the children wore their helmets correctly. The three main errors were that the helmet rested too high on the forehead, the strap did not fit around the ears or the helmet slid too easily. Reuters

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