Ski Helmets, fashion accessory or life saver?

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When you think of skiing accidents you usually think of broken bones or twisted knees or even skier's thumb. However, I suspect few of us consider that a head injury could be a real possibility because we always think it won't happen to us.

The need to wear a helmet when skiing has recently been highlighted in the news, following the horrific skiing accident of Michael Schumacher.

I remember skiing a few years ago and it seemed only the beginners were wearing helmets. I think this was partly because the risk of them suffering an injury was higher and partly because more advanced skiers did not want to be seen as less experienced. However, even experienced skiers can fall over or collide with other less experienced skiers on the slopes causing a serious injury such as a head injury.

Whilst helmets may not fully prevent such a serious injury, they would help protect the head against any impact, lessening the injury. It seems they are becoming a bit of a fashion accessory on the slopes these days with helmets in a variety of colours and patterns, lets hope this is a trend that will continue.

Medics have said that Michael Schumacher would certainly not have survived without the helmet. Let's hope he progresses to make a full recovery.

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