Skico a children’s advocate |

Skico a children’s advocate

Bravo to the Aspen Skiing Co. for its recent decision to make helmets mandatory for children under the age of 12 who are enrolled in ski school.

Colorado is a wonderful state and is known for many good things. However, a dubious distinction is that it is also the leading organ donor state in the nation.

I wonder if the lack of a helmet law for motorcyclists is a contributing factor. Most people qualify as donors by signing their driver’s license and then sustaining a life-ending brain injury.

It is our responsibility to protect the “old noggin” as much as possible. Skiing has inherent dangers and wearing helmets can afford some protection and save lives.

I’ve never seen a young child who can make an informed choice as to whether or not to wear a helmet. That decision should be left to professionals who know and care for the mountain.

The Aspen Skiing Co. has decided to become the children’s advocate in spite of pressure from national ski organizations to backslide on this issue. Stay the course, Aspen Skiing Co. – be the children’s advocate.

Morris Cohen, M.D.

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