Helmets reduce risk of head injury in recreational snow sports

The finding debunks the belief that use of helmets can provide a false sense of security and increase the risk of injury due to reckless behaviour, the authors said.

They reviewed 16 studies involving recreational skiers and snowboarders published between 1980 and 2011, concluding that helmets were lifesavers. Up to 20% of the 600,000 injuries reported every year in the US are head injuries.

Associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr Adil Haider, said helmet use was rising.

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