Free helmet giveaway promotes winter sports safety

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- With winter weather just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping for winter sports and the safety that goes along with them.

“If you've been on any skiing or sledding hills and you hit your head, you know it's not this soft powdery stuff. It's kind of hard,” says Femi Cole, BayCare Clinic.

That’s why the BayCare Clinic Foundation and the YMCA are teaming up again this year, giving out 300 free winter sport helmets, to help keep kids safe.

“I thought it was really important to come up here today, because the boys were interested in snow boarding, and because my son had a previous concussion from football,” says Adrianne Peterson, of Two Rivers. “So because of that fact, we wanted to get up here and get fitted for helmets to prevent further concussions.”

Her son, 13-year-old Auden, agrees. “Ever since I got my concussion, it's really important, and I just thought to myself it's really important to have a helmet on, just to protect myself.”

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, nearly 7,000 kids, ages 14 and under, are injured annually through winter sports.

That’s why experts are reminding us to always wear protective head gear to help prevent such injuries.

“It’s important to wear a helmet for safety. I mean that is the key word today: safety, safety, safety,” says Cole. “While it's not concrete, snow can still hurt.”

Experts say helmets should be worn during all winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding and even sledding.