"Skiing and snowboarding are no more dangerous than other high-energy participation sports," says the National Ski Areas Association, but "The sports involve some inherent risk . . ." Ski helmet use can help reduce that risk by reducing or even preventing head injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says "helmet use by skiers and snowboarders could prevent or reduce the severity of 44 percent of head injuries to adults, and 53 percent of head injuries to children under the age of 15."
The top priority when selecting the right snow sport helmet is fit. It should not be too tight or too loose. If it does not fit properly, it may not help in an accident. Ask a ski shop associate for help when making your selection.
Do not wear a helmet designed for cycling or another type of sport. It will not provide enough protection. Ski and snowboard helmets have more coverage and are also made to keep the wearer's head warm on the slopes.
Ski helmet sales and usage grow every year. Snowsports Industries America says 950,017 helmets were purchased in the 2008-2009 season. This represents an increase of almost four percent over the previous year.
Article Written By Angele Sionna
Angele Sionna has been a professional journalist since 1995. She's worked as a producer, reporter and writer for national and regional TV, print and online media, including CBS, AOL Travel, Gayot.com and many others. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in journalism from Texas Christian University.