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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Examining a helmet after a crash... what should i look for?

Landed on a rail with my head saturday... sent to the hospital with a concussion. They said to check out my helmet, which i know im supposed to do. what should i look for in terms of safety?

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I think I would take it to a shop or contact the manufacture and see what they suggest.

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sounds good, thanks
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yeah most snowboarding helmets are only designed to take a single good blow in any one area, so you might be looking at a new helmet. concussions are a bitch, hang in there bud
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If you hit hard enough to get a concussion with your helmet on, I highly recommend a new helmet. Even if there is no visible damage, the its most likely structurally compromised. If its hard foam then there might be visible cracks. But with soft foam you wont see anything. The problem lies in the shell. With that hard of an impact in that concentrated of an area (you hitting the rail, gives maybe a couple square millimeters of contact) you most likely damaged the shell, whether you can see anything or not. The last thing you need is to hit your head again only to find that the helmet fails.

I gave myself a concussion with a helmet this year too. I visibly broke it but even if I hadn't cracked the shell and hard-foam I would have bought a new helmet.

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I cant speak for board helmets, but for motrocycle helmsts, one crash and its time for a new one, even if you dont see any damage, your head is worth more than the $50 you spend on a good helmet.

I once dropped my helmet from the seat of my bike and threw it away b/c i didnt feel safe with its integrity. Different material than a board helmet, but im sure you get my point.
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Straight up, your helmet is toast. Time to pony up for a new one.
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yeah if you got a concussion then you deffinitly NEED to get a new helmet, dont bother examining it.
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I cant speak for board helmets, but for motrocycle helmsts, one crash and its time for a new one, even if you dont see any damage, your head is worth more than the $50 you spend on a good helmet.

I once dropped my helmet from the seat of my bike and threw it away b/c i didnt feel safe with its integrity. Different material than a board helmet, but im sure you get my point.
same for snow helmets, especially on rails. they are one and done...typically this is the way for all but regular bike helmets for your 8 year old..

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