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
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..