Originally Posted by Lonnie
Did the folks here know that helmet use has led to both an increase in the frequency and severity of head injuries? Yup. It's called Superman syndrome.
Fascinating, but untrue. That's akin to claiming "that helmet use has led to both an increase in the frequency and severity of motorcycle injuries."
We've been all through this on another thread, Lonnie, but I'll repost some of the data here. Wearing a helmet clearly results in a marked decrease
in the risk of serious head injuries among both skiers and snowboarders, irrespective of any putative increase in speed or risk-taking that helmets may induce. Furthermore, there is no good evidence that wearing a helmet causes individuals to ski or ride recklesly or beyond their abilities. To the contrary, the evidence shows that helmet use in skiing and snowboarding is not
associated with riskier activities that lead to injuries.
In fact, Lonnie, the exact opposite
of what you claim is true:Helmet use and risk of head injuries in alpine skiers and snowboarders. JAMA. 2006 Feb 22;295(8):919-24. Sulheim S, Holme I, Ekeland A, Bahr R.:"...RESULTS: Head injuries accounted for 578 injuries (17.6%). Using a helmet was associated with a 60% reduction in the risk for head injury (odds ratio [OR], 0.40; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.30-0.55; adjusted for other risk factors) when comparing skiers with head injuries with uninjured controls."
And there are still other studies that refute a claim that helmets somehow are associated with more serious injuries. There is strong objective evidence (including case-controlled studies) demonstrating a marked reduction in the risk of head injury when wearing a helmet while skiing or riding.
Head injuries account for about 1/6th of all reported skiing and snowboarding injuries, yet they cause more deaths among skiers and snowboarders than any other kind of injury. Wearing a helmet cuts the risk of a serious head injury while skiing or snowboarding by more than 1/2.
Additional References:The Prevalence and Predictors of Helmet Use by Skiers and Snowboarders at Ski Areas in Western North America in 2001
. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care
. 55(5):939-945, November 2003. Buller, David B., et alHead Injuries in Snowboarders Compared with Head Injuries in Skiers. The American Journal of Sports Medicine
29:437-440 (2001). Osamu Fukuda, MD, et. al.Effect of helmet wear on the incidence of head/face and cervical spine injuries in young skiers and snowboarders
. Inj Prev
2002;8:324-327. A J Macnab, et. al.Effectiveness of helmets in skiers and snowboarders: case-control and case crossover study
2005;330:281 (5 February). Brent E Hagel, et. al