So I'm at my local mountain at the "big" park..first 2 jumps in the jumpline i do fine and on the bottom of the third is a little skier who decides that the landing is a jolly place to sit down and take in the fresh air. According to my friend(I remember none of this, the rest of this is from what he told me), I bailed out in order to avoid him and landed on my head. I rode up the lift when my friend noticed I was acting very odd and repetitive, so he had me ride down, ride up another lift, then ride down to the lodge. He took me to the ER and they sent me home after 5 or so hours. Serious concussion and bruised tailbone/back muscles they said.
Now I've been looking forward to a trip to Utah in 2 weeks..I asked the doc about it and he flat out said at this point there's no way, and that if I reinjured this part of my brain again it'd be serious. Naturally I said that this was the first time this had ever happened to me and that I'd simply avoid jumps and I'd be okay. He didn't really answer and told me we could have a checkup in two weeks. I won't blame the skier because it's my fault - I should have ran into him and let him have the bad day. But yeah, fun times..
It's the skiers fault and the damn parents fault if they were there. God damn parents need to keep their kids out of the big parks! Someone is bound to get seriously hurt or worse when you have a swarm of little kids weaving unpredictably between features when they have no business even attempting any of the features. Then the parent complains that we're the reckless ones when their kid gets landed on, NO the parent is the reckless and irresponsible one for even going into the large park with the little kid. They build progression parks for a reason.
As for your situation, if the doctor says no go I wouldn't risk a serious brain injury. In this case I would say the risk outweighs the reward.
damn..sorry to hear but it could have been a lot worse. First thing I would do is get a new helmet. If you do end of boarding in Utah, you really need to take it easy and just cruise. You fall and hit your head again it could be bad. I got my first concussion in mid December. Like you, I have no memory of anything for a 5 hour period and my friends told me that I kept asking the same 3 questions every 15 mins.
Concussions are a serious thing i had 4 or 5 two being really bad and have been told by my doctors that i shouldn't play rugby anymore and i said fuck it if i die on a rugby field at least i die happy. Anyway give sometime and if you had memory loss its pretty bad i had one where i couldn't remember the whole day.
E: NVM I see you're implying my helmet's cracked..My friend has my helmet still I'm finding out whether its broken right now
Your helmet needs replaced. Don't ride again without replacing it if you hit your head that hard with a helmet on. It's just like a motorcycle helmet, it's designed for one hit.
Go to the checkup though, any info the doc can give you will be beneficial.
About the parent thing. If I were to land on someone sitting in the landing without that person already being injured, I'd stop, wait with them for ski patrol but wouldn't even consider apologizing. Letting your kid hang out in a big jump line is like letting your kid play on a snow covered highway when a driver can't see over a hill in the road. The problem is that half the time I see someone sitting in the landing or riding between large jumps, usually the parent is right there with them.