Jan 24, 2018


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Everyone knows you should wear a helmet when you ski and snowboard, but neurologist Dr. William Couldwell says helmets don't offer complete protection from injury.

Dr. Couldwell: I think they do help, in that if you do have an injury, they reduce some of the impact to the brain. The problem with ski helmets is that it also may give you a false sense of security. And I think what's happening is that the culture of skiing and snowboarding is increasing the risks, and the height, and the speed, and the falling, and the torquing of the neck can be just as much of an injury to the spinal cord. And so I think it's a combination of the head injury plus the neck injury that I'm concerned about.

And so I think we should encourage our children to wear helmets in all these endeavors, but I think also, too, we need to be thinking, as a society, what we're promoting here.

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