The use of ski helmets has been proven to reduce the severity of up to 50% of head injuries to both adults and children, along with potentially reducing the number of ski related deaths annually. Head injuries are often fatal and it is for this reason that it is so important that you protect your head whenever enjoying sports such as skiing. It is also recommended that you opt for helmets that are specifically designed for the sport. New helmet designs and technology have produced lightweight, comfortable helmets that are both well ventilated and comfortable. A wider variety of styles is available than ever before, so there really isn’t an excuse to not purchase a helmet
It is also important that you replace your helmet every 5 years as the materials used within a helmet can gradually break down over time, making them less sturdy and potentially compromising the level of protection they afford. Helmets are only designed for ONE impact, so if a hard fallen is taken, replace your helmet, or it may not protect you a second time. You should also make sure that you buy a helmet that meets industry standards, between CEN (the least rigorous testing standard) to ASTM and Snell (the hardest standards to meet but the safest options). That way you can be certain that your helmet will help you in an accident. You should also make sure that your helmet fits correctly and always check the fitting of helmets on any children in the group before each session, in case they have outgrown their helmet
Helmets need to comply with one of three standard systems.
- The first is the Common European Norm (CEN) and this is the European ski helmet standard. CEN 1077 was issued in 1996.
- The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), all helmets must show that they have reached standard F2040.
- Snell Memorial Foundation, Snell RS-98 and this is arguably the most stringent standard.