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By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

Once again we have a study that supports the use of helmets in recreational skiers and snowboarders. The article, "An evidence-based review: Efficacy of safety helmets in the reduction of head injuries in recreational skiers and snowboarders", by Haider et al in the November 2012 issue of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery evaluated existing evidence regarding helmet use in snow sports with respect to head injuries, neck...

Silver Peak Low Angle Avalance Crown
By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

One of our goals at Sportgevity is to expose research articles that could potentially increase sustainability in the sports we love. Every once in awhile we run across  research that may not yet have seen its full potential in the public eye. Some of the best information from some of the best researchers often remains surprisingly low profile.

Ian McCammon, PhD, is one of those researchers whose work could...

Kids Skiing Extra Chute
By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

We all know it. We all know our action sports have become riskier. Compared to 30 years ago or even 15 years ago, kids entering action sports today are dealing with the laws of physics jacked up on steroids. They are going faster, higher, farther, and adding complexities that make pioneering tricks of the 80s look like child’s play. What a wonderful demonstration of the pioneering human spirit - right? Sportgevity...

Steve Gaffney Surfing Elporto
By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

As an athlete, have you ever been suddenly thrust into a position in which you were the one to make a move, score a goal, or do something glorious to bring your team to victory, while at the same time becoming keenly aware of all the eyes of the observers upon you? How did it effect you? Did you pull through and perform or did you choke only to walk away red faced and embarrassed. I recall when I was learning to  surf...

Scot Schmidt
By Robb Gaffney, M.D.

You might ask “do you really need to post something about using helmets when  skiing or snowboarding?” Doesn’t it seem like most skiers and snowboarders on the mountain have made the switch because of the knowledge that helmets do actually protect your brain from potential injury? Since the late 1990’s there’s been a dramatic shift in the numbers of resort skiers and snowboarders wearing helmets....