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Helmet use in snow speed sports

Skiing and snowboarding are excellent sports that allow New Brunswickers to make the most of our long, snowy winters. New Brunswick boasts four ski hills with trails for everyone, whether it’s your first time on the bunny hill or you conquer the black diamond with your eyes closed.   

 

Unfortunately, accidents do happen; hundreds of people nationwide are injured each year on ski hills. However, many head injuries – some of which are catastrophic – could be prevented if the skier or snowboarder was wearing a helmet.

 

Implementing these guidelines will ensure you still have fun in the snow while lessening the risk of injuries.

 

Make sure…

 

You wear a helmet when participating in any snow speed sport…

  • Studies show that wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of injury by 60 per cent. 

Your helmet is properly sized and meets Canadian standards...

  • Find guidelines here, and sizing information here.

You know the rules…

  • Although always wearing a helmet is best-practice at all times, some hills have strict policies enforcing helmet use, and some governments have laws that enforce fines for non-compliance.

 You ride safely at all times…

  •  Helmet use is only one part of what you need to do to minimize your risk. Learning to ski and snowboard responsibly will benefit everyone on the hill, including yourself.

Head injuries can be debilitating, or fatal; some injuries can result in long-term disabilities such as paralysis. The personal cost to these individuals is often life-long and considerable. The cost to the health care system is also very high - the annual cost of caring for a person who has suffered a major brain injury is about $400,000.