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Always Wear A Helmet During Skiing

Helmet is preferred, but a hat is fine too. If you ski through the glades, you should wear a helmet, and not a hat. If you do anything dangerous, where you could fall even as an expert skier, wear a helmet. You can even wear a tight fitted hat under your helmet, to keep your head warm, and safe.

This piece of safety advice cannot be overstated enough. While the thought of wearing a helmet may not appeal to some skiers, you should definitely still wear one. With many skiers regularly exceeding 30mph (believe me, you’d be surprised), wearing a helmet while skiing is just as important as wearing one when riding motorcycle. Especially considering that the ice on the slope can often be just as hard as tarmac on a road. Skiing and snowboarding rank in the top 20 recreational activities contributing to head injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms according to The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), as well as the top 10 sports-related head injury categories among children aged 14 and younger. And that’s just in the USA, where only a fraction of the population even live near mountains. Just think about that for a second.

According to a John Hopkins Medicine-led study, severe head trauma accounts for around 20% of all ski- and snowboard-related injuries, and of those head injuries 22% are severe enough to cause loss of consciousness or concussion. Head injuries are the most frequent cause of death and severe disability among skiers and snowboarders. Many insurance companies today make it a condition that you must wear a helmet whilst skiing or snowboarding, so it’s something you should check when purchasing a policy.

It’s always important to be fully aware of your surroundings. After all, no matter how skilled you may be there’s always the risk that somebody else isn’t. One of the biggest causes of collisions on slopes is skiers who are out of control. So always watch out for others; don’t assume your own ability will prevent you from getting injured. Always look up the slope before you begin skiing. Failing to do so is one of the most frequent causes of collisions, and is easily avoided simply by following the same rules you follow when crossing the road: stop, look, and listen.

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