A 13-year-old girl is recovering in the hospital after sustaining serious injuries when she collided with a tree on a beginner run at Copper Mountain. The incident occurred on Sunday morning, and reports indicate that she may not have been wearing a helmet.

According to the National Ski Patrol (NSP) 61% of skiers and snowboarders wore helmets in the 2010/2011. By following the ski code and wearing a helmet, injuries can be prevented or lessened, but it is important to remember that helmets do have limitations. The NSP maintains that the effectiveness of helmets in preventing injuries in accidents decreases when speeds over 12-14 mph are reached.

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