Posted: Thu January 2, 2014 4:23PM; Updated: Thu January 2, 2014 4:49PM

Report: Michael Schumacher was injured while helping kids

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Meribel slope
Michael Schumacher reportedly hit his head on a snow-covered rock on this slope at Meribel Resort.
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(SI.com) -- According to the U.K.'s Mirror and Germany's Bild newspaper, Formula One legend Michael Schumacher suffered his catastrophic head injury while trying to keep an eye on some family friends' kids while skiing in the French Alps. The seven-time champion's accident occurred in an area between groomed slopes at the Meribel resort.

The Bild report states: "Suddenly the daughter (of a friend) of a friend crashed. Schumi helps the girl, leaving the groomed area and moves about 20 metres in the deep snow between the slopes Biche and Mauduit.

"Both sides of the groomed slopes are marked with flags. Has Schumacher not seen the instructions? Unclear.

"What is certain is that between 10.50am and 11am -- around a quarter of an hour earlier than previously thought -- misfortune struck. Schumi, also wearing upper body protectors in addition to his helmet, hits a rock covered by the snow."

Schumacher, who was an expert skiier, is still in a critical, hour-to-hour condition. Doctors have placed him in a medically-induced coma to help his brain heal after two surgeries to reduce swelling caused by striking his head on the rock with enough force to crack his helmet.

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