“It won’t happen to me.” “Helmets aren’t cool.” “I never fall snowboarding or skiing.” “Why do I have to wear a helmet when other people don’t?”

We’ve all heard it a million times, but the fact is no one is invincible. All it takes is one crash not wearing a helmet for a traumatic head or neck injury to occur.

With winter in full swing and fresh powder beckoning skiers and snowboarders to the mountain, over 4 million Canadians will be hitting the slopes across the country. According to the Canadian Ski Council, ski helmet usage in Canada is getting close to 100%.1 Statistics show helmets have been linked to 35% reduction in head injuries for skiers and snowboarders.2 The most common type of head injury is a concussion. Up to 15% of skiers and snowboarders who are injured during the winter season each year suffer concussions.

Preventable is raising awareness about the attitudes that lead to preventable head and neck injuries during the ski season. 3 In BC alone, there are more than 700 skiing and snowboarding injuries per year.4

At Preventable, we want helmets to be as common on the mountains as bindings or ski boots. Whether you’re grinding a rail or snowplowing down the bunny hill, head and neck injuries can happen to you. This winter, help yourself prevent the preventable and wear a helmet.

 

1 Source: Canadian Ski Council. www.skicanada.org

2 Study: Russell K, Christie J, Hagel BE. The effect of helmets on the risk of head and neck injuries among skiers and snowboarders: a meta-analysis. CMAJ 2010;182(4):333-40.

3 Source: Parachute. “Ski and Snowboard Helmets” http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/ski-and-snowboard-helmets

4 Source: BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit. Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT). 2001/02 to 2013/14