Head injuries are a hot topic in athletics, with serious attention given to concussions in youth and professional sports. The threat of head injury in sailing is real too, with helmets now frequently worn for protection on high performance boats.
But should the use of helmets expand further into the sport of sailing? Here’s an opinion on the topic from the Sports Medicine Committee of US Sailing:
A word of caution to all persons who consider using helmets while sailing. There is no data to confirm that helmets will prevent concussions. The brain injury comes from the acceleration/deceleration from the strike, which is apparently not substantially altered by a he…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Caution Advised Regarding Helmets for Sailing, Editor