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New Study: Helmets Greatly Reduce Risk of Head Injury in Skiers and Snowboarders

Skiing_helmet A study to be reported in today's Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that helmets greatly reduce the risk of head injury to skiers and snowboarders.

I have long advocated the use of helmets for skiing and wear a helmet myself.  To those who suggest that helmets give skiers a false sense of security and may encourage daredevil behavior, I say, maybe people shouldn't wear seat belts when driving?  Does that encourage risky behavior?  This argument that individuals shouldn't be encouraged to wear helmets is just hogwash.  Even its proponents can't argue that helmets don't prevent head injury.

Helmets are now catching on in the ski world.  Approximately one third of skiers are now wearing helmets.  In Aspen, helmet use is now mandatory for skiers in ski school who are 12 or younger.  They were the first ski area to mandate the use of helmets first limiting it to students 6 years of age or younger and then increasing it the following season to age 12.

HEY, ASPEN, AND ALL SKI AREAS,  A SUGGESTION:  WHY NOT REQUIRE ALL YOUR SKI INSTRUCTORS AND SKI PATROL PEOPLE TO WEAR HELMETS?  REMEMBER:  SET THE RIGHT EXAMPLE!

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