Competitions like the X-Games and even the Winter Olympics include events such as snowboarding and skiing. While these slopestyle events were once considered "extreme sports," they have now become mainstream.
As exciting as these sports are to watch -- and even participate in for those of you so bold -- they are extremely dangerous.
And, as more people participate in these high-speed sports, more and more high impact collisions equal increased visits to the ER.
Only about 48% of the skiers and snowboarders wear a helmet, causing much higher risk of concussion or even skull fracture, which can ultimately lead to traumatic brain injury or death.
Parents, it's essential that you talk to your children if they have a desire to take part in these "extreme" sports. Proper education is key, as well as proper training and proper equipment and ideal conditions.
Guest expert, Dr. Christopher Hogrefe, joins the show to discuss these exciting (yet very dangerous) activities being attempted at many ski resorts and sledding hills by an increasing number of non-professionals.
The takeaway is this: if you are going to attempt to participate in these type of sports, wear proper clothing and equipment, including a helmet (even the elite athletes are required to do so)... or you could risk very serious injury.