Ali Fedotowsky, Bachelorette star, got 5 staples in her head from a kayak accident early on Monday. Fedotowsky was not wearing a helmet when her kayak tipped and ended up leaving the hospital with five staples in her head. She even said on her twitter: “Made it out of the ER w/staples in my head & a little less hair after falling out of a kayak. Scary stuff. Wearing a helmet next time.”
It would definitely be in her best interest to start wearing a helmet when doing intense outdoor activities. Recently a study was produced citing that showed wearing a helmet during sports like skiing and snowboarding provides better protection to sportspersons. “The study showed that wearing a helmet during sports like skiing and snowboarding provides better protection to sportspersons. Among hospitalized patients, about 16 percent had fractures of the face or skull bone if they wore a helmet. Such fractures were about 45 percent in those who were not wearing a helmet at the time of sports.”
When data specific to fractures of the skull cap were studied, the difference became rather glaring. Among the helmeted, skull cap fractures were 5 percent, and among the non-helmeted similar fractures affected around 37 percent of patients. The incidence of cervical spine injuries was the same across both groups.
People participating in sports like kayaking, biking, skiing and snowboarding need to be aware of the advantages of wearing helmets so that they can be protected from serious injuries during falls.