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In helmets we trust?

Part 2 of Pique's concussion feature

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"It's really the way that you behave out there that'll make the difference," he adds.

And so Whistler Blackcomb continues to push the message that helmets are recommended when riding and skiing on the mountains. It's a message reinforced in all promotional campaigns and materials.

Helmets are one part of the equation. Kinar sees baseline testing as another tool in combating and treating head injuries. Most high performance sports organizations already use baseline testing for their helmets.

But Kinar is calling for a baseline testing program in Whistler aimed at all youth with a goal of developing a standardized concussion education and management program that could be taken country-wide.

It's aimed at those kids who are getting repeatedly concussed on the mountains, on the ice, on their bikes and are continuing unwittingly in their sport.

"They don't know it," says Kinar. "And their parents don't know."

This program, in part, would help them realize it.

But at a ballpark half-million dollar cost to get it off the ground, Kinar has yet to find the financial support.

His work, crusading to make snow sports safer, as he campaigns from the local level to the federal government level, continues.

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