Posting this under Gadgets-ideas. Cuz, if someone out there could please find it in his/hers head to make a helmet so cool that old (!) people will wear it in the slopes, then do so quick. New research show that 6 out of 10 headinjuries from snowboarding or alpine-skiing could have been avoided if the person had used a helmet. The kids however are not at risk, cuz they use helmets.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) writes about this on their web.
The research is based upon some 3277 alpineskiiers and snowboarders that where hurt in eight different norwegian alpine-hills during the winter of 2002. The study also reveals that snowboarders run a 50 % higher risk of getting headinjuries than alpine-skiiers. Young people, men and newbies are other groups at risk.
Now - the kids know how to protected themselves (85 % use helmets), according to the norwegian scienceweb forskning.no. The people ending up hurting themselves are in fact grownups.
Those over 20 years of age, only 13 % use a helmet. Aged between 13-20 years only 20% use a helmet. I guess you could say that the older you get, the more stupid you get. Damn, just think about it - what a stress it is to be so cool that you have to risk your brains to be so.