After the death of Natasha Richardson due to a fall while skiing, how do we convince young people to wear helmets in all situations where there is a danger of head injury? How do we convince them that "being cool" is in fact "being stupid"? My grandkids don't seem to have a problem with it and yet some kids do.
Yep. Media types definitely lack in the discretion dept.
I think it should depend upon the likelihood of sustaining injury. Otherwise, where do we stop at imposing protective measurements? I think wearing one while skiing is a good idea, but how many head injuries have occured to people while skiing? As many as motorcycle accidents? Or hockey accidents? Skateboarding?
Perhaps making it mandatory for everyone to have to wear helmets at any public skiing(or even private if payment is given) establishment would help? Of course, enforcing it would be difficult. For example, look at the helmet law for bicycles. Even though kids are legally required to wear helmets, you see them riding around all the time without them.
I read an article which stated that Natasha's sister attempted to get into the hospital to see her(I believe the day she passed away) and the media swarmed all over her. That sickens me. There is a time and a place for media, and that is NOT one of them. Disgusting.
It is already mandatory to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. Skateboarding? That one is iffy. Perhaps if it was in a professional format(such as the ones that Tony Hawk competes in) they could wear them, but I don't think you would ever get a skateboarder to wear a helmet.
If the hockey is played in a publicly owned rink, then perhaps they should have to wear helmets. If it is just a rink on a pond, then it should be up to the owner of the property.
Lots of grey areas in this, and there are no absolute answers.
Safety skiing is very important, but there is probably more head injures in showers and bath tubs each year......The problem with helmets is the shampoo....
Don't you wear your elbow & knee pads and helmet in the
shower too? I'm just kid'n....
Isn't this just one of those freak accidents that just happened
to happen to someone famous? I don't know enough to even
form an opinion yet, but could we all be over-reacting?
Sometimes (pretty rarely) people get hit by lightning, but we
don't legislate in that everyone has to cart around a grounded
and insulated lightning rod. Is this fall by Natasha Richardson
the type of injury that would fall into that category?
Perhaps it should be up to the individual if they want to wear one or not, but I think if one chooses not to, they should sign a waiver that they are totally responsible for medical procedures and are responsible to their loved ones and to the public. We all know that gov'ts tend to nanny and sometimes cause as many problems as they solve by making some laws governing issues.
I agree about kids. They haven't got a full capacity for understanding responsibilities and consequences at times.
I've skied for years on some world class mountains out West. Never hurt anything more than my pride. Some things have a risk factor to them. That's sometimes part of the appeal. Falling down is a big part of skiing and that's just the way it is. Millions of falls on mountains result in nothing more than hopefully a learning opportunity. But once in a while, someone dies from it. Sadly that's life.
Some people get hit by a bus, some don't.
It's sad that this lady died from hitting her head while falling on a ski trip. But she like the rest of us, owes one death. There is no way around it and each will face that sooner or later. Who here can pick the time and way in which they will die?
Helmets won't do anything to prevent people from dieing when their number comes up. You can just as easily break your neck. Have a heart attack or stroke or simply face plant into the base of a tree.
Perhaps a better way of approaching life is to go out and have fun and should your number come up as it surely will some day, at least you've had a good time and lived a full life unafraid and happy.