Why we think wearing a helmet when skiing / Boarding is important.
Published on October 30th, 2015 | by Jordan Kierans0
Helmet use among skiers and boarders has risen exponentially in the past 10 years. They’re no longer uncool – a recent study in Austria showed that more experts wear them than beginners.
America’s National Ski Areas Association reports a 171 per cent rise in helmet use since 2003/04, when 25 per cent of people wore one. The figures are mirrored in Europe – Austrian experts estimate that 60 to 70 per cent of skiers and boarders there wear helmets, and two years ago a survey in Switzerland found 84 per cent wore one.
Head injuries typically occur as a result of a collision, or an impact with the snow. They often happen at high speed. While some people still choose not to wear a helmet, research published in the British Medical Journal shows that wearing one makes general head injuries 35 per cent less likely.
The opposite side of the argument is that people are still avoiding helmets because of certain styles or comfort issues. However with the technology available to designers and manufacturers helmets are more stylish and comfortable than ever before.
Further to the point regarding issues with style, and image. It has previously been seen as ‘uncool’ to wear helmets, especially among those who weren’t athaletes competing in race events. However this stereotype has changed over the last decade with athletes such as Sean White changing the perception that wearing a helmet is not cool.
GoPro have actually really endorsed the use of helmets – with an increasing number of people using a GoPro whilst away on holiday, their helmet mounts that are being used more and more have meant that in order to capture the best point of view footage you need to wear one.
We know it may be a controversial subject among Skiers and Boarders, however we’re pro helmets. Purely because being given the choice of reducing the odds of suffering a severe head injury over a potential slight discomfort, we’ll take the helmet every time!
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