Helmet Use Is Now Mandatory

FasterSkierSeptember 7, 2004

It’s now mandatory to use a helmet when rollerskiing at training camps as a member of the Norwegian junior national team.

Junior national team coach Jon Arne Schjetne decided to make helmet usage mandatory in rollerski workout following Unni Odegaard’s recent accident.

– I wanted to focus on increasing helmet usage among Norwegian roller skiers and felt it would be good to start with the junior national team. The skiers agreed with me, says Schjetne.

He feels that it’s sad that an accident needed to happen before focus on helmet use increased.

– We have been too relaxed on this subject and I hope that others now will follow our example and really use helmets.

What happens if a skier shows up for a rollerski workout without their helmet?

– That person has to run instead.


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