So has the death of Natasha Richardson from a fall while learning to ski on a beginner's slope made you think about getting a helmet for your own snow activities?
Do you agree with the various hand-wringers that have suddenly sprung up and decided that helmets should be compulsory for skiing and snowboarding (despite many of them never having even been to a ski slope)?
Do you, like me, have various relatives telling you that you should really wear a helmet because "Look at the poor Natasha Richardson.."
I was discussing this with a doctor friend of mine and here are a couple of pertinent facts:
• she died from an Epidural Hematoma. This type of injury can be caused by a tearing action when the skull stops suddenly and the brain continues. i.e. you can still sustain it even if you are wearing a helmet.
• the most common way to sustain this injury in sport is by being hit by a ball when playing squash, golf, tennis etc - none of these sports require helmets.
• it could equally happen to someone falling in the street.
All in all I'm sorry she is dead. It is very tragic. But I am more sorry that this means more nanny-staters noseying around winter sports and more people saying "Oh isn't awful all these extreme sports? I don't know why they don't just stay at home and have a nice cup of tea where it's safe."
(Note: I am not trying to incite yet-another-helmet-debate. I'm purely discussing this incident and the way it has been jumped on by a media who are keen to marginalise any sport that isn't football)