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Do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding?

I was rather shocked and sad to read about the death of Natasha Richardson, who apparently suffered a head injury during a skiing lesson on a nursery slope in Quebec. It was stated that she was not wearing a helmet at the time.

Of course, it's probably too early to know the exact cause of her death and whether a helmet would have saved her.

But it does raise the question - do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding? If not, why not?
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Old 19.03.2009, 16:03
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I was rather shocked and sad to read about the death of Natasha Richardson, who apparently suffered a head injury during a skiing lesson on a nursery slope in Quebec. It was stated that she was not wearing a helmet at the time.

Of course, it's probably too early to know the exact cause of her death and whether a helmet would have saved her.

But it does raise the question - do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding? If not, why not?
Shouldn't this be a poll?

But yes I do. Smacked my head hard in winter 2003/2004, had muscular problems in my neck for 6 weeks afterwards. Have worn a helmet since.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

I do not, and if it wasn't mandatory to have one on a motorcycle, I'd not wear one then either.

I'm perfectly happy to take the risk of injury in exchange for the extra pleasure of being au naturel.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

never used to but in recent years yes. Also bought a back armodillo style protection vest.
Gives me a little bit more bottle to try out new things.
Also, its usually others that end up crashing into the back of you.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

I snowboard and I have always worn a helmet. when I started snowboarding, I used to fall quite a bit... so i ended up wearing knee pads, wrist protectors and a bottom protector too! even though I rarely fall now, I still wear the helmet. I did have a few falls with a direct smack to the head and I dread to think what would have happened if I wasn't wearing a helmet.

I think nowadays, people are far too fashion concious to even consider wearing a helmet, or perhaps they think that they are so good on the slopes, that they will never fall??

Either way, let this be a lesson to us, if even a very tragic one.
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I'm perfectly happy to take the risk of injury in exchange for the extra pleasure of being au naturel.
Honestly??

I don't take such chances. I know it doesn't look cool to wear a helmet (especially on nursery slopes), but I guess you never know.

I also wear a helmet when I ride by bicycle and am shocked that it is not compulsory in Switzerland.

In my line of work, I see too many head injuries, which is probably why I am a bit more cautious than others.
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I do not, and if it wasn't mandatory to have one on a motorcycle, I'd not wear one then either.

I'm perfectly happy to take the risk of injury in exchange for the extra pleasure of being au naturel.
Without trying to start a flame war or something but...

I bet you wouldn't say that when they were busy scraping you off the road!

Sorry but this really gets my goat! People riding around in shorts and t-shirts on motorbikes just isn't clever - I never understand why people don't accept that safety is something you have to actively do.

Mind you I go off my nut when i see people driving around with their kids loose in the back with no seat belts... they should be banned from driving as they're totally responsible for all injuries to that kid should an accident happen.

don't get me wrong I do like to go fast and do crazy stuff... but with a modicum of thought for safety

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Shouldn't this be a poll?
Maybe, if I was more technologically advanced
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I do not, and if it wasn't mandatory to have one on a motorcycle, I'd not wear one then either.

I'm perfectly happy to take the risk of injury in exchange for the extra pleasure of being au naturel.

A lot of people seem to use your argument.

What is so "au naturel" with strapping two bits of high-tech fibreglass to plastic boots and then sliding down a bit of snow?
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But it does raise the question - do you wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding? If not, why not?
Oh and if I did go skiing or snowboarding I would yes as I tell my kids they have to wear one
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Maybe, if I was more technologically advanced
Somewhere like thread tools there is an option to add poll.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

I've worn one since about 2003. Apart from keeping my skull intact, it keeps my head warm.

Some dozy bint turned around with skis over her shoulder and clobbered me on the back of the head outside a restaurant a few years ago. Fortunately it was just a flesh wound but it could have been more serious. Unfortunately I was carrying my helmet under my arm at the time as we were just about to go for lunch and I wasn't expecting any major ski accident between the ski stands and the restaurant.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

I snowboard with a helmet, but never used to ski with a helmet. In my experience falls on the snowboard are much more likely to result in head impacts. There have been a couple impacts I've been very glad I had the helmet on. If I go back to skis, I will wear a helmet as well.

In my opinion, snowboarding without a helmet introduces an unacceptable risk of serious injury or death.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

I don't ski due to a knee injury (done while skiing) and have paid too much in consultants fees and mri's to risk it again. I am walking without pain now at last, but it took a few years after the accident. I'd kind of like to keep it that way now that I have a kid and live on a hill.

My husband says that a helmet keeps his head warm though and somewhere to put his goggles on his forehead - he hasn't lost them since.
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Without trying to start a flame war or something but...

I bet you wouldn't say that when they were busy scraping you off the road!

Sorry but this really gets my goat! People riding around in shorts and t-shirts on motorbikes just isn't clever - I never understand why people don't accept that safety is something you have to actively do.

Mind you I go off my nut when i see people driving around with their kids loose in the back with no seat belts... they should be banned from driving as they're totally responsible for all injuries to that kid should an accident happen.

don't get me wrong I do like to go fast and do crazy stuff... but with a modicum of thought for safety

*soap box mode off*
Why do you people think it's any of your business telling me what to do with my life? What possible effect does it have on you?

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even though I rarely fall now
This is not strictly true.
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I do not, and if it wasn't mandatory to have one on a motorcycle, I'd not wear one then either.

I'm perfectly happy to take the risk of injury in exchange for the extra pleasure of being au naturel.
You sound like a fellow who needs convincing to wear protection.
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Re: Do you wear a helment when skiing or snowboarding?

The real question is how much protection they provide. From telegraph.co.uk: Ski safety: should helmets be mandatory? The case against:
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A typical fatal incident involves a high speed collision with a tree or another person and trauma to the head is a common factor. Sadly, the evidence that a helmet can mitigate in such circumstances is lacking. Death rates have not come down with increasing helmet use and in fact, more than half of the people involved in fatal ski area accidents in the United States last season were wearing a helmet at the time of their accident.

Unfortunately, in the event of a high speed collision, the forces involved usually far exceed the protective capabilities of even the best ski helmet. There is evidence that helmets may in fact promote a false sense of security - a higher percentage of those who wear helmets travel faster and admit to taking risks than those who do not.
A rather similar article in the New York Times, Richardson’s Accident Reignites Ski Helmet Debate is slightly more supportive of helmets' usefulness, though it repeats that they are unlikely to help in high speed collisions:
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But helmets do seem to make a difference in the head-injury statistics: Mr. Shealy’s own research found a 35 percent reduction, and he said that other studies had found as much as a 50 percent reduction in head injuries.

“Typically, in the scenario that results in death, you need something more than a helmet to save you,” Mr. Shealy said. Referring to helmet-wearing, he said, “Where it really comes into play is if you fall into hard-packed snow,and that can turn a serious head injury into a minor injury.”
With that said, if I skied I would almost certainly wear a helmet.
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You sound like a fellow who needs convincing to wear protection.
Not really. I do believe in fate to the extent that there is an allotted time and date for each of us to go, so I don't worry about anything.

As I can't live longer than my allotted time, neither can I be killed sooner.

But that's a whole new thread.
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Why do you people think it's any of your business telling me what to do with my life? What possible effect does it have on you?

Because it creates arguments for Insurance companies to put up their premiums?
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