Caution on the slopes
Recent studies show a dramatic increase in the amount of Brain Injuries among snowboarders and skiers. Higher speeds, more jumps, and acrobatics are a major contributor to this phenomena. One study stated that head injuries account for 28% of injuries among skiers and 33.5% among snowboarders of which 69.4% were concussions, and 14.3% resulted in more serious brain injuries.
Whose at risk? According to the 24 studies that were reviewed, snowboarders are more likely to suffer serious head or spinal injuries than skiers. Furthermore younger men, individuals under the age of 35, and recreational skiers at an intermediate skill level, show the highest probability of injury.
What to do? Experts say:
Beginners should take lessons from a certified instructor.
Never ski or snowboard alone.
Exercise and stretch before skiing or snowboarding each day.
Stay on marked trails.
Wear helmets and other appropriate gear.
Quit before becoming overly tired.