There’s nothing quite like hitting the slopes in Colorado, fresh powder flying behind you, cutting through the snow as you race down a mountain.
Unfortunately, as a personal injury attorney in Colorado Springs, I see a fair share of rides that don’t end well for skiers and snowboarders. In many of these cases, simply wearing a helmet could have prevented a major traumatic injury.
How effective are helmets when skiing or snowboarding? I recently sought data to answer this frequently asked question and found some interesting facts from Lids On Kids.
First, helmets can make a difference in reducing or preventing injury from falls or other impacts.
However, helmets do have limits, and skiers and snowboarders need to be aware of them. Designed to reduce the severity of head injuries, they are most effective at providing protection from a direct blow to the head coming under 14 miles per hour. It’s important not to take extra risks just because you’re wearing a helmet. With or without head protection, you should always ski responsibly and within your range of ability.
When purchasing a helmet, check to see if it meets the standards of at least one of the following organizations:
- Common European Norm (CNE)
- American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)
- Snell Memorial Foundation
The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet for skiing or snowboarding is the fit. A helmet is not something you want to “grow into.” Make sure your entire forehead (above your eyebrows) is covered. Also, bring your goggles or borrow a pair at the store similar to yours. You want to make sure the helmet works well with your goggles, giving you good protection from snow and wind while maintaining good vision.
According to the National Ski Area Association (NSAA), helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by 30-50% and could very well be the difference between a major or minor injury.
As an experienced ski and snowboarding accident attorney, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of wearing a helmet. I encourage you to find one that fits so that you can enjoy your day on the slopes responsibly.
If you have been injured in a skiing or snowboarding accident caused by another’s negligence, contact an experienced skiing injury attorney.