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12-21-2011 08:39 PM
Redmond513
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Originally Posted by Chef Jer View Post
Did pretty much the same thing you did my first day out this season less the concussion. New board + +new bindings + ice + me being over confident = caught edge and hit back of head Loosened the two polycarb pieces of my smith variant. First thing I did is buy a new helmet. Id rather spend a few $ than increase my risk of a head injury
Yeah, it sucks. I have all new equipment as well.
12-21-2011 08:25 PM
Redmond513 Nevermind, I am going to take everyones opinion and just buy a new helmet.

I do have an additional question. When I got home on Monday, I went to my doctor as recommended and they sent me for a CT scan. They couldn't believe that the medical staff at the hill didn't send me for one. After you get a concussion, is the medical staff supposed to recommend you go to the hospital for scan right away?
12-21-2011 08:20 PM
Redmond513
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Originally Posted by david_z View Post
If nobody has told you this yet, it is time for you to buy a new helmet. The one you have is essentially useless.

David,

According to my friends that were with me, the medical staff at the hill checked the helmet and said that it was still good. Do you still recommend going out and getting a new helmet?
12-21-2011 10:58 AM
roboelmo You should go pick up a bern hard hat. I had quite a few falls this season trying new tricks in crapy conditions (super icey). And so far I haven't had a concussion this season (been out 25 times this season).

Personally I like the hard hat because even when you catch a edge (for a stupid reason, like being lazy with your turns), a small crash won't requrie you to buy a new helmet.

Ive had a about three hard impacts this season, in which the back of my helmet hit pretty hard snow, and my hard hat is still good.
12-21-2011 07:32 AM
stealthyc Some helmet companies have "crash replacement programs." When I slammed my head on the ice last year, cracking my helmet in half, I sent it back to bern with a $35 check and they sent me a new one. You should check into it. East coast ice is so much fun, you'll definitely need to replace it.
12-20-2011 11:25 PM
Chef Jer Did pretty much the same thing you did my first day out this season less the concussion. New board + +new bindings + ice + me being over confident = caught edge and hit back of head Loosened the two polycarb pieces of my smith variant. First thing I did is buy a new helmet. Id rather spend a few $ than increase my risk of a head injury
12-20-2011 11:00 PM
FL_Boarder The foam on helmets actually dents in on the part you can't see leaving a gap between the foam and polycarbonate or w/e the hard shell is made out of. Companies will usually X-RAY the helmet for you to determine the status of it. I'm bad at the helmet replacing part, they say how much do you think your head is worth?
12-20-2011 10:55 PM
skycdo Even if you are wearing a helmet you can still get injured. Helmets aren't made of physics defying materials to where they will completely absorb the sudden shock to your cranium.

It sucks you got hurt so early in the season but at least you are ok. I saw a kid smash his head on a rail, get up, then completely collapse. He wasn't wearing a helmet... Just gotta be careful.
12-20-2011 10:43 PM
NWBoarder The experts all say that you should replace the helemet after any significant impact, no matter what kind of damage you can or can not see. I guess it's technically up to you, but I would rather error on the side of caution. You only get one brain.
12-20-2011 10:41 PM
david_z AFAIK there is not a single snow helmet on the market which is rated for multiple impacts. Just because you cannot see the damage does not mean that the helmet's integrity hasn't been compromised. Rule of thumb is to replace the helmet after any significant impact.

Although there's no standard for what constitutes "significant", I'd say that any time you knock yourself out, any time you get a concussion, see stars, etc., certainly qualifies as significant.
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