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Winter mountain sports are fast and thrilling. Sports such as skiing and snowboarding involve falling and practically no region of the body is safe from potential injury. As athletes pursue more difficult and inverted tricks often on man-made snow conditions, the potential for head-first impacts against packed snow, trees, rocks or other objects increases. Depending on a number of conditions associated with head-first impacts, these can sometimes fracture and/or dislocate vertebrae in the neck and cause spinal cord injuries with permanent paralysis. The new Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet technology under development at the Orthopaedic Injury and Biomechanics Group of The University of British Columbia is being designed with the prevention of these injuries in mind. We invite you to find out more about Pro-Neck-Tor™ and how it comes into play in events like these by clicking here.

Today's helmets are extremely effective at protecting their wearers against head injuries in a collision. However, their design does not protect the wearer against neck and spinal cord injury in a head-first impact. Estimating the number of cervical spine injuries from head-first impacts while wearing a helmet in sports is not straightforward. However, because they are so debilitating and there is no cure for consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI), prevention is of utmost importance, especially if prevention can be offered through a helmet that is the same size and configuration as a common helmet.

The Pro-Neck-Tor™ helmet technology (shown left) under development at Orthopaedic Injury and Biomechanics Group of The University of British Columbia is being designed to provide the additional level of protection that no state-of-the-art helmet so far has been able to offer – protection for the head and neck during head-first impacts. The technology is not yet available commercially but thus far research and development testing has shown promising results.

Enter this site to learn more about Pro-Neck-Tor™, its underlying technology, and what the scientific, and sporting communities have to say about it and its potential to prevent debilitating injuries in sporting activities.

* Pro-Neck-Tor™ is a trademark owned by The University of British Columbia.