And he said a helmet wouldn't have helped Richardson if, for example, her vein tore from being stretched as she fell or her brain hit her skull suddenly when she hit the ground. Still, he wouldn't discourage skiers from wearing one, as long as they don't believe it makes them invincible. And they should seek medical attention when they need it.
"The problem is, everybody bumps their head, and we don't all need to go to the emergency room for CT scans," he said. "That being said, everyone should be aware if you get struck on the head and it's a moderate blow, [and] there's pain that gets worse, even a little bit, that's a clue to stop what you're doing and get to the hospital."