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Response to: ‘Helmet use and risk of head injuries in alpine skiers and snowboarders: changes after an interval of one decade’
  1. Gerhard Ruedl1,
  2. Irving Scher2,3,
  3. Martin Burtscher1
  1. 1Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  2. 2Guidance Engineering and Applied Research, Seattle, USA
  3. 3Applied Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Washington, Washington, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gerhard Ruedl, Department of Sport Science, University of Innsbruck, Fürstenweg 185, Innsbruck 6020, Austria; gerhard.ruedl{at}

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We read with great interest the article of Sulheim et al.1 We agree with their conclusion that wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding is recommended strongly. We are troubled by the authors' conclusion in their abstract that there was an ‘unexpected reduction in protective effect of a skiing helmet’ when comparing the winter seasons 2002 and 2011. We feel that this wording is misleading, as there was no measure of the physical abilities of helmets in their study. Ski helmets typically …

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  • Contributors All listed authors have significantly contributed to this work to justify authorship.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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