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Under half of Americans wear a helmet

52% of adults don’t wear one and just under a quarter of children under 9 don’t either. It’s not as popular in the US as you may have thought.

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Figures just released by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) show that last winter 12% more people now wear a helmet when on the slopes of US ski resorts.

130,000 people were interviewed and 48% said they wear a ski helmet.  4 years ago it was 25%, however that is still under half.

48% of all skiers and riders were wearing a helmet at the time of being interviewed, up from 43% during the 2007-08 ski and snowboard season.

The annual Demographic Study showed that:

    – 23% of children 9 years old or younger don’t wear ski helmets;
    – 34% of children between 10 and 14 don’t wear ski helmets;
    – 37% of adults over the age of 65 don’t wear ski helmets;

 Wearing a helmet by skiers and boarders aged 18 – 24 stands at only 32%. It does though represent a 78% increase for this age group since the 2002-03 season, when only 18% wore helmets.

Sales of helmets have gone up 50% in the past 2 years according to the SnowSports Industries of America.

If you are a regular reader of PlanetSKI you may well have seen this video interview below with Mervyn Fletcher, a British skier who decided to wear a helmet for the first time last winter. If not then take a look.

 

This Autumn, NSAA will be launching an initiative to encourage all children 14 and under to wear ski helmets.

The organisation has set a goal of trying to get all children to wear a helmet by 2012.

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