I got one in January and wanted to hear your opinions..
- had a relatively small spill... wasnt going fast at all, caught an edge and impacted my shoulder first. I don't even think I hit my head it was more of whiplash.
- felt a sensation shoot up my spine and into my head causing an instant headache
- did not lose consciousness, caught my breath for a minute then finished the run to the lodge. Sat there for ~2 hours then I had to go back up and ride to the other side of the mountain where I parked my car, and drove 3 hours home.
- got a CT scan done, came out clear
- ended up getting tinnitus / pretty bad Post Concussion Syndrome.
- I was going into my last semester before graduating with my bachelors. I went to the first week of classes but couldnt handle it, had to take a medical leave of absence.
- I havent snowboarded since then, and now months later I feel alot better but far from 100%
I've only been snowboarding for 3 years but I absolutely love everything about it. I have some seriously amazing memories from snowboarding. I just got to the point where I was getting pretty good and was having so much fun out there, nothing really compares to it (even riding my motorcycle.) It has a special spot in my heart but I'm considering giving it up...
I cant risk something like this happening again. Concussions only get easier and easier to get, and each one just causes that much more damage. I know I have had atleast one pretty bad concussion in elementary school. I cant risk losing more time off from school, especially when I am so close to graduating.
I dug out my old gear and was getting ready to prep it for sale. Seeing my board brought so much memories, I really dont want to sell everything. I feel like giving snowboarding up is my best option though.. its so hard giving up something you love so much.
Has anyone been in this position before? friends/family perhaps? what are your thoughts Id love to hear them.
pics from when I dug my gear out the other day: