Wise up on brain protection.
In a UK exclusive, The Ski Club's Digital Editor, Joe Troman, was invited to The MIPS labs in Sweden by Bollé to learn more about the most harmful types of brain trauma and the pioneering steps the company is taking to reduce brain damage during an impact. The visit also marked the launch of Bolle's new Instinct MIPS snow helmet, which was tested during our visit.
“They thought I was mad” chuckled enigmatic neurosurgeon Hans Van Hols, sitting in MIPS’ laboratory just outside Stockholm, nestled between strange drop towers and space-age pneumatic rams, I almost agreed.
In cases of serious brain swelling caused by trauma, brain surgery can elevate patient survival rates from almost zero to 80%, but this preservation of life is borrowed from elsewhere. Brain swelling will more often than not leave some residual damage to the function of the brain. Where patients survive the operation, the damaged nerves from a serious trauma can render everyday tasks a challenge with many never returning to full functionality.