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Ski helmets lessens severity of injuries, research finds

Data also finds Colorado residents better understand helmet safety

Date:
February 28, 2017
Source:
Children's Hospital Colorado
Summary:
New research focused on helmet safety and injury prevention among young skiers and snowboarders. The research found that children who wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding sustain less severe head injuries and lower overall injury severity, compared to children who do not wear a helmet.
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New research from Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) focused on helmet safety and injury prevention among young skiers and snowboarders. The research found that children who wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding sustain less severe head injuries and lower overall injury severity, compared to children who do not wear a helmet. The research was published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery in February 2017.

The research was led by Steven Moulton MD, medical director of the trauma program at Children's Colorado. The study analyzed 16 years of level I pediatric trauma center data from Children's Colorado and included children ages 3-17 years old who sustained an injury while skiing or snowboarding. In addition to proving the benefits of helmet use, Dr. Moulton found that young Colorado residents were nearly twice as likely to be wearing a helmet at the time of injury, compared to visitors from out-of-state.

"Many Colorado parents may not view these findings as a surprise. It is imperative, however, that we broaden the conversation so that parents who encourage their children to ski or snowboard know that wearing a helmet is protective, but does not excuse recklessness," said Dr. Moulton. "Parents must teach their kids to enjoy snow sports within their own safety limits. Wearing a helmet lowers the risk of sustaining a serious head injury -- but does not prevent other serious bodily injury."


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Journal Reference:

  1. Melissa Milan, Sandeep Jhajj, Camille Stewart, Laura Pyle, Steven Moulton. Helmet use and injury severity among pediatric skiers and snowboarders in Colorado. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2017; 52 (2): 349 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.11.001

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Children's Hospital Colorado. "Ski helmets lessens severity of injuries, research finds: Data also finds Colorado residents better understand helmet safety." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 February 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170228084326.htm>.
Children's Hospital Colorado. (2017, February 28). Ski helmets lessens severity of injuries, research finds: Data also finds Colorado residents better understand helmet safety. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 23, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170228084326.htm
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