The Montreal Gazette has reported that according to a study conducted by the University of Ottawa and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, hockey helmets provide better protection than ski helmets. Bicycle helmets were also proved to be more effective.
Parents who hand their children a ski helmet when they go tobogganing are now being advised to do otherwise. However, according to the Journal of Neurosurgery, roughly 5 per cent of kids who go tobogganing bother putting on a helmet in the first place.
Overall, this research has led doctors to believe that a new multi-impact helmet should be designed for winter sports. Also that ski equipment in general should be improved.
Parents and kids should still remain aware of the fact that any kind of helmet is better than none.
According to the director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Trauma Centre, they see approximately 610 children every year for accidents caused by a lack of helmet. Half of these injuries are concussions.