Mandatory Helmets for Recreational Ice Skaters: Brain Injury Prevention
I noticed an interesting story in the latest newsletter from the Brain Injury Association of Canada
Hockey Helmets Mandatory for All Skaters
Dalhousie’s Memorial Arena is introducing a new rule that comes into effect January 1, 2010 that will require all skaters to wear CSA-approved hockey helmets during all skating sessions held at Dalhousie.
Skating More Dangerous than Bicycling or Skateboarding
Under Nova Scotia’s Motor Vehicle Act, wearing a helmet is mandatory for biclists, skateboarders and in-line skaters. But there is no law that requires skaters to wear helmets.
But studies have shown that ice skating produces three times more head injuries than cycling, skateboarding or inline skating.
Ice skating is particularly dangerous because when a person loses his or her balance on ice, there is often impact of the head directly on the hard surface.
Helmets Just “Common Sense”
Dr. David B. Clarke, is a Dalhousie professor and one of the leading neurosurgeons in the province. he was quoted as saying:
“Wearing a helmet while skating in order to protect your brain is supported by research and also just makes common sense. We want people to enjoy this wonderful activity and, at the same time, we want people to protect their brains. I am delighted that Dalhousie is taking a leadership role on this issue…”
Kathie Wheadon-Hore, Senior Manager, Facility Operations for Dalhousie’s Department of Athletics and Recreational Services said:
“We have to do this. Even if this helps save one person, if it helps save one of our students, then it’s worth it in my opinion.”
I suspect the rule change may be unpopular with the students and public that use Memorial Arena. But as a Brain Injury Lawyer, I have seen first hand the devastating effects that brain injuries can have and I applaud Dalhousie for it’s progressive approach to head injury prevention.
So what do you think? Is the helmet rule a good idea?
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