MIPS Multi-Directional Impact Protection System
We all know that wearing a helmet while skiing or snowboarding is a no-brainer, but what’s the deal with the MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) helmet? More importantly, why is getting one cheaper than neurosurgery? According to www.mipsprotection.com, “The MIPS system is designed to add protection against the rotational motion (or kinematics) transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head.” Since most impacts on the hill involve these angled impacts leading to concussions and brain trauma, this system is a must-have when it comes to purchasing a helmet. From an engineering perspective, “MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain.”(www.mipsprotection.com) In short,the system mimics the layer of cerebral fluid that protects our brains from impacts by incorporating a shell within the helmet that is able to move back and forth.Now say you got injured on the mountain and weren’t wearing one of these helmets. The average cost of neurosurgery without insurance range anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000-not including occupational and physical therapy which can add on an extra couple thousand dollars. Yikes. Let’s say you DO have insurance that pays for maybe 75% of it, you’re still dealing with a lifetime of nerve damage, poor balance and forgetfulness- to name a few. Comparatively, a MIPS ski/snowboard helmet costs between $60 and $160. At the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather save yourself the money and get a brand new MIPS helmet? If you answered “yes”, you’re correct! You’re already smarter than the average bear, AND you’ll retain those brain cells for future decision making.