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Old 12-12-2010   #41
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I am not saying helmets are more dangerous. I did say that I know of one instance where it may have been more dangerous. Seatbelts and airbags have been known to cause injury, but I don't eschew them. I never mountain bike without one, I wear one when I rock climb, kayak, and climb couloirs or other areas where rock fall may be a danger.

But skiing the BC? I'm with Joe. And I'm tired of getting preached at, but that's probably just my perception.

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Old 12-12-2010   #42
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Read this article today, and found it relevant.

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I was skiing some tight trees with my kid when she skied under some pine limbs. She yelled out dad I just got hit in the head with a limb. I ask if she was ok and she said yes and we continued to ski. When I was putting away the gear i noticed the helmet had a sharp dent in the top that almost went through. I think she would have had a nasty scalp injury without the helmet.

I was skiing alone off trail. I caught a tip in deep snow and it spun me 180 and I flew down the slope on my back. Ski released flew strait up and came down and whacked me right across the forehead and goggles. I had a helmet on but the impact cracked my goggle lens top to bottom.
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denali - thanks for posting that article. It's really interesting to see that researchers actually have seen my anecdotal evidence bear out statistically.
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Reminds me of a passage from an English translation of an eastern text; can't find it at the moment; possibly from the Vedas; along the lines of:

Protected are those who wear helmets;
Protected are those who use mantras ...

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