Skiing and Snowboarding Safety
By wearing a ski helmet, children can significantly reduce the chances or severity of a traumatic brain injury.
While other types of injury are declining in frequency, the rate of head injuries from skiing and snowboarding continues to increase.
Skiers' and Snowboarders' Code
Keep these safety tips in mind when you take to the slopes:
- Wear a helmet. It will protect your brain.
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
- Observe all posted signs and warnings
- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely
Ski and Snowboard Safety Stats
- More than five million ski and 1.4 million snowboard each year
- The rate of head injury due to skiing and snowboarding continue to increase despite declines in all other types of injuries
- More than 130,000 children suffer injuries each year
- Death related to snowboarding is skiing is usually due to head injury
- Kids under the age of 17 have twice the risk of traumatic brain and spine injury
- Proper helmet use while skiing and snowboarding could reduce the rate of head injury by 53 percent