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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 04:25 PM
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If i remember correctly that guy actually ended up dying due to neck injuries and the impact.
Helmets cant always protect you.
I wouldn't be surprised. That was a nasty blow that guy took and he took another one when he came down. From the looks of it, he hit right about the base of his skull on the take off. That's one of the worst places to take a shot. That's the reason why blows to the back of the head are illegal in boxing and MMA. It's not to protect the back of the head so much as it is to protect the base of the skull where the neck and spine connect to the brain stem. It doesn't take a huge shot to do a lot of damage to that area.
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I cringed away from the computer when I saw him/her whipeout.

I really want a helmet now.

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There is a common theme amongst all of the helmet users here...

We have all crashed or seen someone get hurt without one. Let our lessons be easy learned ones for those of you who still think using helmets are "pussy".

I've mentioned this before... I know a lot of people don't like helmets because of the way they feel. You can't judge it by just trying one on and wearing it around a shop or even on a couple of runs. During this time, you are consciously critiquing the helmet therefore noticing it more than you would normally. It took me a few runs with one on and now I don't even notice I have it on. I have even walked into the lounge and sat down and realized I needed to take my helmet off because I forgot about it.

If any of you want to know, I use a Smith Variant. It is really light and gave me great protection from the spills I've been having lately while practicing new tricks. Not going to be a 100% skull saver, but still much better than not having one.


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Yeah...probably saved his life too. Hence the title of this thread.
yea cuz the dude was unconcious after the impact and i thought the OP meant that if u wear a helmet then that wouldnt happen

But yea if that guy did survive unscaved then its prob because of the helmet

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holy shit. poor dude, he just flopped to the ground.

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wow... well im with you guys lol, puttin the brain bucket back on.
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On friday I got clipped from behind by a skier as I was approaching the lift line, fell backwards, took a prety hard hit to the head. Hard enough that I heard a lot of ewes and ahs from the people standing in the line. I bit my toungue, tasted blood for like the next 5 runs. Actually think I had minor wiplash. Lower front of my neck still hurts today although it has improved drastically, and I had a minor headache Sat and Sunday....I had a helmet on, I have been asking my self what that would have been like without a helmet. It still amazes me that people wearing helmets in snow sports is the exception, it seems even alot of the pros don't wear helmets.

I understand in the really big crashes they are not going to do much, but like my incident from Friday I am pretty confident the helmet kept me out of the hospital.
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