Monday, July 14, 2014

How safe are ski helmets?

More and more people wear helmets and sales shot up after the accident of Michael Schumacher. Questions though are being asked about exactly how much protection they offer.

A recent article in the New York Times revealed some disturbing figures.

It quoted figures released from the National Ski Areas Association that although the number of people that wear a helmet has tripled in the last decade to 70% there has been no decrease in the number of deaths or brain injuries on the slopes.

The paper reports that helmets only really offer protection at low speeds.

It pointed out that the behavior of skiers and snowboarders has changed; whether it be greater use of fun parks or more off piste skiing.

It also surmised that people wearing a helmet might ski faster or more aggressively as they believe a helmet would protect them in the case of an accident. Read on..

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