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New law proposed that could impact young California skiers

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Suffering a brain injury can have a number of different consequences as we've seen in different blog posts. While there is no single way that a person can sustain a brain injury, one of the more common ways that a brain injury occurs is after head trauma occurs.

This could be the result of a slip-and-fall, a car crash, or even a construction site accident. Regardless, a brain injury can be life-altering and significantly impact a person's future. But should legislators in California be taking steps to enforce laws to reduce the risk of a head injury?

A Senator from San Francisco introduced a piece of legislation that would require skiers and snowboarders under the age of 18 to wear helmets while on the slopes. If they are caught without a helmet their parents will be charged a fine.

The reasoning behind the legislation is that a lot of teenagers and children were suffering serious head injuries while snowboarding and skiing. As a result, a great percentage of those individuals also suffered brain injuries. The Senator believes that helmets could greatly reduce those injuries. At this point, the bill has already passed in both the state's House and Senate and is now awaiting the signature of the governor of California.

But a bill similar to this one had been proposed and vetoed in the past. The current bill being proposed would require ski resorts and other establishments to regulate skiers and ensure that they know the new law.

The biggest question is whether this new law will actually decrease the number of head injuries that kids under 18 sustain on the ski slopes. Is the imposition on resorts and the enforcement of fines reasonable to help prevent brain injuries?

Source: NBC Los Angeles: "Ski Helmet Bill Headed to Governor's Desk," Scott Weber, Aug. 17, 2011.

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