The CDC study found that the next most common location for non-fatal rider injuries was to the neck and head, accounting for 22%, which is why approved helmets are mandatory in most places around the world.
Third most common area for injuries was the chest, back or shoulders, followed by the hands and arms, then the pelvis and hips.
The results come from a CDC study of data for 1,222,000 American riders who went to hospital for treatment of non-fatal injuries from 2001 to 2008.
Victorian Police have previously called for mandatory boots and gloves, but it has been rejected by the Victorian Motorcycle Council and other rider representative groups.
The VMC says they support the use of all protective equipment, but not mandatory riding gear which would require complex certification like with helmets.
They would rather see education and encouragement of riders to wear the appropriate gear or our government taxes and levies being directed toward subsidies for gloves, boots and other safety gear to make them more attractive. Of course, this is just a plus, added to the basics every driver should know: avoid DUI and reckless driving.