Skiing & Snowboarding are Pretty Safe and Fun
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Debunking: Skiing and Snowboarding Myths*



Now that winter is with us in full force, many people, young and old alike, are thinking about hitting the slopes and enjoying that fresh powder.

Over the years certain myths have surfaced about skiing and snowboarding. These myths are continuing to throw their weight around mainly because the media keeps championing their cause and the snowboarding/skiing industry does little to dispel or address them.

Some of these myths are that:
· Snowboarders are more likely to become injured or to cause injuries to other skiers.
· Helmets will save your life.
· Deaths on the slopes have increased.

Snowboarders have a 40% lower death rate than skiers. In fact, it is snowboarders who are more likely to get hit by an out of control skier-not the other way around. When snowboarders fall, the snowboard acts as an anchor; when riders hit the ground, they stay put and don't slide. When skiers fall, they tend to skid and slide. In truth, skiers are three to four times more likely than a snowboarder to hit another person or a stationary object.





Can wearing a helmet save your life? The answer is yes-if you are traveling less than 12 - 15 mph. However, when a person is traveling at 24 - 40 mph, helmets lose their effectiveness. Head injuries are less common than knee or lower leg injuries. Dr. Jasper Shealy, chairman of the department of industrial engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, pointed out that of the 39 deaths last year, six of them were wearing helmets. "A helmet is not a panacea; it's not a magic bullet," Shealy says.

Regardless of how the media will spin the deaths associated with thrill-seeking activities such as skiing and snowboarding, the facts are that ski and snowboard fatalities have remained quite constant for a number of years now. The historic average is about 35 deaths per year. And the overall injury rate has declined by 50% over the past 25 years.

*  This story was copied in it's entirety from the Upscale Consignment Newsletter.  Not sure where they sourced their "data".  Does anyone have research they know of to add to the discussion?



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