SMITH: A Guide to Helmet Safety

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Whether you're burnin' rubber on your bike or shreddin' the slopes, a helmet is a critical piece of safety equipment. Lucky for you, modern technological advancements have improved the protection properties of helmets, as well as made them lighter, more comfortable and more stylish for the active cyclist and snow sport enthusiast.

Whether you're burnin' rubber on your bike or shreddin' the slopes, a helmet is a critical piece of safety equipment. Lucky for you, modern technological advancements have improved the protection properties of helmets, as well as made them lighter, more comfortable and more stylish for the active cyclist and snow sport enthusiast.

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For snow sport enthusiasts, studies show the risk of a ski- or snowboard-related head injury can be reduced by 35% when wearing a helmet. Studies have also shown that helmets save lives, dispelling the myth that more helmets on the slopes correlates to riskier behaviors and additional fatal accidents.

Although helmet adoption is not yet universal, it’s a growing trend. According to the National Ski Areas Association, in North America about 70% of all skiers and snowboarders currently wear helmets on the slopes (link is to PDF download).  In fact, the most experienced skiers and riders are the most likely to wear helmets. Who better to emulate on the slopes than the experts? 

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