Helmets are now worn by 74 percent of children.
According to a recent study released by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), 60 percent of skiers and snowboarders are now wearing helmets on U.S. slopes. That’s an increase of four percent over the 2010 season.
Since the 2003 season when only 25 percent of skiers and snowboarders were wearing lids (at the time they were interviewed), helmet use has increased a whopping 140 percent. Children’s use has increased 131 percent since the 2003 season and today, 74 percent of children under the age of 17 are wearing helmets.
NSAA reports that the study was compiled from more than 130,000 interviews of skiers and snowboarders this season nationwide. Other statistical details include that: 91 percent of children 9 years old or younger wear helmets; 77 percent of children 10-14 wear helmets; and 74 percent of adults over age 65 wear helmets.
In terms of helmet wearers, the lowest demographic is in the 18-24 year old range where just 44 percent of that age group wears lids. Even so, the number represents a 166 percent increase over that 2003 season when only 18 percent wore them.
NSAA President Michael Berry credits the increase in helmet use to both resorts and parents who are promoting the use of helmets.
NSAA has launched a revamped website, “Lids On Kids” designed to provide parents with all of the pertinent safety information, new videos, and sizing instructions.
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