Danger on the Slopes
Ski helmets are becoming more fashionable, but that doesn’t mean brain injuries are getting less common. Michael Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he struck his head on a rock while skiing on December 29th, that didn’t stop him from sustaining a very serious brain injury. Although doctors said he would have died if he hadn’t been wearing one.
Statistics show that about 70% of skiers and snow boarders now wear a helmet, that’s triple the number since 2003, but brain injuries and deaths haven’t fallen. Its hard to prove that helmets reduce head injuries because other factors affect the rates, such as increased risk taking, improvements in detecting brain injuries and density of traffic on the slopes. Most serious head injuries occur when skiers and boarders hit trees, rocks or other people. Head injuries cause 60% of deaths in snow sports. While evidence suggests that helmet’s reduce head injuries, for some they may give a false sense of security making them take risks.
Minimize your risks, stay on a slope that is appropriate for your level, dress appropriately with helmet and goggles and watch your surroundings carefully. Skiing and snow boarding can be exhilarating while taking in all the beautiful scenery, take the proper precautions so you can enjoy these amazing winter sports with no unnecessary accidents.
However, if you or someone you know have been injured while skiing or snowboarding, consult a personal injury lawyer for advice.