Do helmets actually protect young skiers from head injuries?

To look at helmeted children gliding down Colorado’s ski slopes like bundled-up lollipops is to see an image of careful safety. But, for years, researchers have debated about how effective helmets are at preventing head injuries — especially those such as concussions and other closed-head trauma.

Do helmets actually keep kids safe on the slopes?

Now, a new study by doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine is adding to a growing body of research that shows helmets are important in lessening the severity of head injuries that kids may suffer while skiing or snowboarding — but only up to a point. The study is scheduled to be published in February in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

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