We love welcoming skiers and snowboarders to the slopes in Utah, the home of ‘the greatest snow on earth’ and the 2002 Winter Olympics. Here at UtahState.com we encourage our clients to incorporate safe practices while on the slopes, including wearing a helmet. However, a new study coming from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center shows that skiers and snowboarders might be willing to take higher risks after donning their helmets.
Published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the researchers looked at a group of 721 patients treated for ski injuries in at DHMC from 2010-2018. The study was led by surgeons Eleah Porter, MD, and Andrew Crockett, MD.
Overall, sixty-five percent of the patients where wearing helmets. While these patients were less likely to have skull fractures, lacerations or cervical spine injuries, they were more prone to intracranial hemorrhage – or ‘head bleed’ – as well as other severe injuries. The cause of these severe injuries were most commonly the result of hitting a stationary object.
While not conclusive, the authors of the study speculated that the injuries could have behavioral roots. Such as skiers taking more risks while wearing helmets, under the belief that they are protected from serious injury. The authors also cautioned the public and Ski Patrol members against assuming those wearing helmets don’t need to be evaluated or referred to a trauma center.
Be safe out there on the slopes! In the case of injury, be sure to seek proper medical attention.
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See the full study here