'Without helmet', Schumacher would not be alive: doctors

(From L) Neurosurgeon Professor Stephan Chabardes, Professor Jean-Francois Payen, Assistant Director Marc Penaud, Professor Emmanuel Gay and Professor and Michael Schumacher's friend Gerard Saillant give a press conference about Michael Schumacher's health condition on December 30, 2013 at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire hospital in Grenoble, French Alps. Michael Schumacher, the retired seven-time Formula One champion who often braved death on the tracks, remained in a critical condition today after an off-piste skiing accident in the French Alps.

GRENOBLE, France - Michael Schumacher would not be alive if he had not worn a helmet, doctors treating him said Monday, as the Formula One legend remained in critical condition following a ski accident.

"If someone had had this type of accident without a helmet, they would definitely not be here," one of the doctors treating him at the hospital in the southeastern city of Grenoble told reporters.