Helmets in Snowsports
The Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) and the School and Youth Committee, Snowsports England have released new guidance which states all those travelling on school ski trips should wear helmets when on the slopes.
Ski Adaptable from its origin has included helmets for all group members on our school ski trips and we are delighted that an official statement now backs up our firm belief that helmets can only be a good thing on school ski trips. The new official OEAP guidance to their members states:
“All participants in snowsports should wear helmets. This should include both supervisory staff and students/young people”.
OEAP Also go on to state that “The Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) now strongly recommends that all skiers and snowboarders, regardless of ability and age, use helmets. The AfPE (Association for Physical Education) has recently also advised its members that helmets should be worn. The majority of the members of the Snowsports England Schools and Youth Committee voted to recommend to the governing body that the wearing of helmets should be recommended”.
It is widely recognised that helmets cannot negate the risks associated with head injury. However fatal injuries in snowsports are rare with less than one in 1.5 million days of activity ( Jasper Shealy , Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY). In addition, much of the research conducted to date indicates that wearing a helmet whilst skiing will be beneficial in lower speed collisions, which is where the most likelihood of accidents will occur on school ski trips.
All prices quoted by Ski Adaptable will continue to offer helmets in the price as standard.
Contact Ski Adaptable today to see how else we can help you with your school ski trip.