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Don't forget the helmet if you are going skiing

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A young skiier wearing a helmet

Researchers say that the severity of injuries among skiers and snowboarders is lowered when ski helmets are worn.


Skiing and snowboarding are very popular sports during the winter months. However there are often injuries which are serious while skiing and snowboarding and therefore safety precautions should be taken.

The severity of injuries among skiers is lessened with ski helmets

MedicalXpress has reported on research from Children's Hospital Colorado which has found that the severity of injuries among skiers is lessened with ski helmets. This same finding has been found to apply to snowboarders.

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Researchers say kids who wear a helmet while they are skiing or snowboarding get head injuries which are not as severe along with lower overall severity of injuries in comparison to kids who do not wear a helmet. The study included data which was taken from level I pediatric trauma center over 16 years at Children's Hospital Colorado. The kids included in the study were between 3-17 years old.

Steven Moulton MD, who is the medical director of the trauma program at Children's Colorado, says this study has proved the benefits of wearing a ski helmet. It was also found that young residents of Colorado were about twice as likely to be wearing a helmet at the time of sustaining an injury, in comparison to visitors from outside of Colorado. This finding suggests that Colorado residents have a better understanding of the benefits of using a helmet when taking part in these winter sports.

There are many orthopedic type injuries associated with skiing

This study has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. There are many orthopedic type injuries associated with the popular winter recreational activities of skiing and snowboarding. Of particular concern are risks for head, cervical spine and solid organ injuries. Therefore caution should always be taken into account when skiing and snowboarding.

Helmeted skiers and snowboarders sustained less severe injuries than those who did not wear a helmet. There should be greater initiatives to educate pediatric skiers, snowboarders and their parents about the the significant risks which are associated with these activities and that using a helmet lowers these risks. It should also be stressed that wearing a helmet does not justify recklessness. Serious injuries can occur while skiing or snowboarding even when wearing a helmet.