National Safety week occurs every year in January. This year, 2013 National Safety week takes place January 19th to January 27th. Many Ski Areas across the country participate in Safety Week to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes.
The Importance of Wearing a Helmet When Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and snowboarding are a fun past time for most people to enjoy during the winter but these two winter sports can also result in thousands of injuries each year. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2009 hospitals and medical centers stated there were about 353,346 injuries from all downhill winter sports. This agency, as well as many others, recommends that you wear a helmet especially designed for winter sports.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were a total of 17,500 injuries in 1997 that occurred as a result of skiing and snowboarding. Of those injuries, around 7,700 could have either been prevented or the injury could have been lessened if the skiers and snowboarders were all wearing helmets. Snowboarding is a more dangerous winter sports than skiing with statistics showing that 30% of snowboarders are likely to suffer head injury then skiers. For skiing and for snowboarding, one of the most common injuries comes when the person slams into a tree or other stable object.
Statistics show that during the past decade there have been around 40 fatalities each year regarding skiers and snowboarders. These statistics come from the National Ski Areas Association. Out of the 40 deaths that occur, about eight people were wearing helmets at the time of injury. This means that around 11 deaths every year could be prevented.
It is important that for skiing and snowboarding activities that you wear a helmet especially designed for skiing. Some people may be under the notion that it’s okay to wear a bike helmet when skiing but this is not the case. Ski and snowboarding helmets have more of a padding inside and are more insulated for warmth and protection than a bike helmet. Another difference between the two helmets is that ski helmets have a higher safety rating than bicycle helmets.
RIP Actress Natasha Richardson who died from an injury sustained when skiing. The was one of these unusual and tragic situations. The Tony Award-winning wife of actor Liam Neeson fell during a ski lesson on a beginner slope at a Canadian resort in March of 2009
At first, she showed no signs of major injury and was even joking about the incident, according to media accounts. But within hours, her health deteriorated and the 45-year-old mother of two was hospitalized.
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