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Hey, it’s actually cool to protect your noggin

Peter Dorey has endured some major wipeouts.

Peter Dorey has endured some major wipeouts.

“It was pretty icy and the way I slipped I went backwards and wacked my head,” said Dorey about an incident at Ski Martock more than five years ago.

“I woke up to a man standing over me. I was knocked unconscious and had a pretty bad concussion. Luckily I had a helmet on.”

Dorey is part of the 75 per cent of Nova Scotia’s skiers and snowboarders who are strapping on a helmet before hitting the hill, a QEII neurosurgery study has found.

Lynne Fenert, the research nurse who conducted the study, found 80 per cent of women and 70 per cent of men are protecting their heads.

The study, which was based on the frequency and factors associated with helmet use, revealed the number 1 reason people choose not to wear a helmet was “social image.”

She said others simply believe they won’t get hurt.

“No one ever sees themselves in those shoes,” adding the majority of these skiers and boarders are teenagers.

Fenert said the study will be published in early 2011 and a campaign will be launched to target non-wearers.

The study was based on the observations of 3,336 skiers and snowboarders at Nova Scotia’s three ski hills.

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