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Ice skaters, skiers and snowmobilers rejoice as snow continues to fall this winter season. But it is during these snowy months when winter sport enthusiasts become at high risk for brain injury.

Those participating in winter sports should wear a helmet to prevent head injuries. While helmets do not prevent concussions, they do protect the skull from factures. A report found that helmets reduce the risk of head injury among skiers and snowboarders by 35 percent.

Even pedestrians need to be cautious over the winter. Icy surfaces can cause pedestrians to slip and fall. The winter can also create dangerous driving situations for cars and trucks.

Although most head trauma accidents are minor, it’s important to be cautious following a head trauma to prevent further personal injury. Brain inury can cause the brain to swell, damaging brain and nerve tissues.

A victim of a head trauma should be carefully observed for early signs and symptoms of brain injury. Signs and symptoms can develop hours or even days after a head trauma. Early symptoms include severe headache, confusion, loss of balance, vomiting, slurred speech, and seizures.

Immediate treatment is necessary to determine if a victim is suffering from more severe symptoms such as uneven pupil size, convulsions, or blurred vision. These symptoms can be long-lasting or permanent in some cases.
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Professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce endured a serious fall while training and now lies with a severe brain injury in critical care. His dreams of competing in the halfpipe seem gone, and his family is keeping vigil. He was working on a version of the “double cork” which is a twisting double back flip when he caught an edge and hit the icy pipe with his forehead. Kevin was knocked unconscious even though he was wearing a helmet. He had to be airlifted to the hospital where doctors told his family that he had sustained “a severe traumatic brain injury.” He needed to be intubated and was kept sedated. Doctors say that he is improving and is slowly regaining consciousness. They believe that he is improving faster than anticipated yet there is still a long recovery that lay ahead. To learn about the initial fall, please check out this link. To read about his updated recovery, please click the link.

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Actress Natasha Richardson was involved in a serious skiing accident yesterday. She suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash. The full extent of her condition is not known at this time, but she is listed in critical condition at a hospital close to the ski resort. Read the full article on the actress’s brain injury by following the link.