A study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine evaluated the effectiveness of helmets worn by kids on ski slopes. They questioned whether the device actually protects kids from injuries such as concussions and other closed-head trauma. What they found is that helmets will not prevent a fatal injury, but they will lower the risk of sustaining a serious injury. The research was done on hospital records of children who were in accidents on ski slopes. The ones that wore helmets had less serious injuries.
- Moulton and the paper’s other authors looked through 16 years of data in a trauma registry kept by Children’s.
- Nearly 550 kids had come into Children’s during that time after suffering a head injury while skiing or snowboarding.
- Just over half of them were wearing a helmet at the time of injury.
“To look at helmeted children gliding down Colorado’s ski slopes like bundled-up lollipops is to see an image of careful safety.”