Yes, a Snow Helmet Really is SaferBy Michael Frank on January 31st, 2013
Some people think snow helmets don’t do any good. Of course, some people still think the earth is flat. Despite their widespread adoption, holdouts argue that helmets cut your ability to hear and see — as well as encourage you to take more chances — even though studies show that wearing one can reduce the severity of a head injury by 60 percent. All that doubt turns out to be bunk, though. A recent study shows that people with risk-taking personalities ski faster whether they wear helmets or not, and conservatives still ski conservatively when they’re protected. Also, lab studies show that helmets reduce peripheral vision about the same as hats. Bottom line from all this research: Helmets work, they reduce injuries, and they don’t hinder anyone’s ability to go big and walk away in one piece.
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