King of speed Michael Schumacher still lies critically ill in a medically-induced coma after smashing his head on a rock while skiing.
He had been wearing a helmet. And the ‘I’m too cool for ski school-style hard hats’ brigade see it as proof of their conviction that wearing protective headgear while skiing - or even cycling - is unnecessary and even dangerous. They claim wearing a helmet affects your visual awareness and lulls you into a false sense of security. Both have been disproved by scientific tests. Now trauma surgeons in the States has blown apart the third theory - that helmets make no difference in a serious impact; actually, they decrease injury by 20 to 50 per cent.
Schumi is fighting for the chance of life his helmet gave him. Insurers and resorts must insist on them.