Skiing and snowboarding come with inherent risk. Health and safety organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recommend that all skiers and snowboarders wear helmets specifically designed and safety tested for skiing. Ski helmets not only provide impact protection when fitted properly, but also they are insulated for cold weather.
Tips & Warnings
Higher-priced helmets do not always provide more protection. A helmet might be priced higher because of the design, graphics or airflow features.
Helmets might impede the wearer's hearing. You might need to raise your voice to get the wearer's attention.
Do not purchase a helmet for your child to grow into. If the helmet does not fit correctly, it might not provide the needed protection.
A helmet provides limited protection. The wearer must follow the rules of ski safety and ski within his abilities to help reduce the risk of personal injury.
Helmets might help to prevent some head injuries. However, helmets offer no protection against neck and other types of injuries.
Article Written By Karen Plant
Karen Plant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana, School of Journalism. Her work has been published in several newspapers, online and in the Montana Journalism Review. As a native Montanan, Plant's love for the outdoors is evident in her frequent hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.