On The Slopes: Helmets Matter

Before you and your family take to the slopes this winter, keep it safe with a  properly fitted helmets.

Trauma doctors have weighed in on the subject and say a new study has led them to conclude that besides reducing the incidence of head injuries; helmet wearing also reduces the severity of injuries in skiers and snowboarders. The study also refuted the protest of some helmet critics, that the extra protection gives recreational winter athletes a false sense of security and prompts them to engage in riskier behavior when wearing a helmet.

The study out of the John Hopkins’ Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes was reported recently in the journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Each year in the United States more than 600,000 injuries are attributed to skiing and snowboarding with more than 20 percent of those head traumas.

Researchers concluded  their following the recommendation that skiers and snowboarders wear helmets could go a long way towards reducing serious injuries on the slopes.