Michael Schumacher skiing

Reports coming in from Europe indicate that the seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher was skiing at a resort in Meribel, France, when he fell and injured himself, hitting his head on a rock. Fully aware of the benefits of head protection, Schumacher was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but the severity of the impact has apparently left the racer in a coma, says CNN.

Though conscious after the impact, Schumacher was reportedly left dazed and shocked from the impact as he was airlifted first to a trauma center in Moutiers and then transported to University Hospital Center in nearby Grenoble. Schumacher arrived in a coma and required immediate brain surgery.

There are conflicting reports of Schumacher's present condition, with initial reports suggesting the injury was "not very serious" and newer information suggesting that he sustained "severe head trauma."

Schumacher was reportedly skiing on unmarked slopes at the time of his accident.

We'll have more information on the World Champion's condition as it becomes available.