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At this time of year, when many people are heading for the mountains to ski or snowboard, it is worth remembering to enjoy these sports and other winter sports safely. Following recent news that former F1 Champion Michael Schumacher is slowly rehabilitating following his tragic skiing accident last year, a coroner has also urged those going skiing to wear a helmet.
At the inquest into the death of Aleksander Owens-Thurston, who suffered a fractured skull in a skiing accident at St Anton in February 2014, the coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death. He also called for safety improvements at the Austrian resort where the boom arm of a snow machine had been left across the ski run. An experienced skier, 23 year old Aleksander is thought to have crashed into the snow machine and died shortly afterwards. He was not wearing a helmet.
Many studies have been carried out into the effectiveness of helmets in preventing or minimising the effects of traumatic brain injuries among skiers and snowboarders. These clearly support the use helmets and Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway UK said,
‘Headway has been campaigning for skiers and snowboarders to wear a helmet for a number of years.’
At Head Injury UK our specialist head injury solicitors also support the call for skiers and snowboarders to wear helmets. If you or a loved one has been affected by a head injury caused by someone else, please contact Ian Shovlin or call on 0800 073 0988.
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