Using an integral helmet, which fully protects the head, including the face, can prevent serious trauma and save the life of the skiers when they suffer an accident. And it is that a study that has just been published by the University of Innsbruck, in Austria, has proven that cranial traumatisms They are behind most of the deaths that occur during skiing.
The study analyzed data from 207 accidents with fatalities, which had occurred over five years, and observed that falls (41 percent), the impact against stones or devices of the sports facilities themselves, such as the columns that support the chair lifts, for example, ( 35 percent), and the collision with another skier (18 percent), were the main causes of the accidents, and that almost half of the deceased (46 percent) died as a result of head trauma.
The fact that more and more people are fond of white sports, and that many young people, generally with a more reckless behavior, opt for snowboarding, a sport in which the ability to brake is more limited and, therefore, It is easier to collide with other users, has increased the number of accidents
Therefore, specialists of the Spanish Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (SECOM) advise all those who are going to slide down the tracks that are adequately protected to minimize the consequences of a possible accident. In opinion of the president of the Catalano-Balearic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Joan Birbe, using an integral helmet, or a conventional one but provided with a splint similar to those used by football players, could be prevented until the 60 percent of serious facial injuries suffered by skiers during a collision. The specialist insists on the importance of protecting the face too, because injuries to the jaw are often severe and could leave sequels.
The president of SECOM, Dr. Arturo Bilbao, warns that extreme precautions are taken when dealing with children. A recent investigation published in Sportverletz Sportschaden, a magazine of German sports medicine, has shown that the best way to prevent skiers of school age from suffering injuries is through a previous training that includes a good warm-up, and using an integral helmet. In this regard, the Tourist Association of Ski and Mountain Resorts (ATUDEM) reminds that it is mandatory that children wear helmets and that, in the case of adults, it is highly recommended.