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Moment Ski CEO injured at Boreal

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In case someone hasn't already shared this:

 

Casey Hakansson was injured while testing product at Boreal  on December 6th, 2011. His injury was a neck fracture but the prognosis sounds good.

 

Here's the story from Unofficial  http://unofficialnetworks.com/chawk-lucky-alive-moment-skis-ceo-ski-accident-58856/


Edited by JimiB - 12/13/11 at 10:59pm
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Thanks for posting that.  I had the exact same injury (non-displaced fractures of the C2 and C3 vertebrae) body surfing just after a storm.  I was back to playing soccer and skiing after about 6 months of therapy.  It's been over 10 years now and things are fine.  I hope his recovery goes as well as mine did.

 

CJ

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That sucks.  Glad he'll be okay.  Good thoughts and prayers to him for healing.

 

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Definitely a lucky dude.  Casey seems to be doing fine.  Which, as a new dad, I'm really psyched for as his pregnant wife works at my company as well.

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Glad to hear you made full recovery. Hopefully his recovery goes as well. 
 

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Originally Posted by CJO View Post

Thanks for posting that.  I had the exact same injury (non-displaced fractures of the C2 and C3 vertebrae) body surfing just after a storm.  I was back to playing soccer and skiing after about 6 months of therapy.  It's been over 10 years now and things are fine.  I hope his recovery goes as well as mine did.

 

CJ



 

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I DO NOT intend this to sponser a discussion about helmet use. And I don't want to take away from his remarkable luck in enduring a what could have been a really ugly injury. I'm asking this as serious question because I do not know, am interested and am hoping someone on this forum may be able to give a technical answer. My question is, how did his helmet use mitigate the injury? I have always assumed that helmets protect the head from impact, the rest of the body not so much.

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Originally Posted by splitter View Post

Definitely a lucky dude.  Casey seems to be doing fine.  Which, as a new dad, I'm really psyched for as his pregnant wife works at my company as well.


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We are thinking of you Casey... I went through a similar incident in 2006.  I was skiing in SoCal trying to do a Heli and half way around my skis stopped my rotation by hitting the lip of the jump.  The last thing I remember is my son saying, "Don't get hurt Dad".  I was also wearing a helmet and still got a concussion.  Had a herniated disk and got a c-5/c-6 fusion.  I guess I am just a fool for this sport, like the time I showed up to ski at a mountain in New Hampshire to ski and while in the ticket line, the safety patrol came up yo me and kicked me off the mountain.  I guess it had something to do with having one leg in a cast....

   I hope you have a swift recovery.  The recovery time for me really sucked, I had to plead with the Dr to let me go skiing!

post #9 of 12

Very sorry to hear about Mr Hakansson's injury -- I hope he has a speedy recovery. The article does not explain why his skis "abruptly stopped." Did he hit a patch of dirt? A buried obstacle?

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Originally Posted by jmaie View Post

I DO NOT intend this to sponser a discussion about helmet use. And I don't want to take away from his remarkable luck in enduring a what could have been a really ugly injury. I'm asking this as serious question because I do not know, am interested and am hoping someone on this forum may be able to give a technical answer. My question is, how did his helmet use mitigate the injury? I have always assumed that helmets protect the head from impact, the rest of the body not so much.



According to what I read, every person who treated Casey said that his helmet spared him much more serious injury. They didn't go further into the mechanics and dynamics of why that is so. Seems obvious to me that they feel either that he'd have cracked his skull, or his neck would have been further displaced had the helmet not stopped his melon from hitting harder. But don't let that change your helmet use strategy.

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Further info from Casey on what happened.

 

http://momentskis.com/blog/casey-hakansson-neck-injury/

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According to what I read, every person who treated Casey said that his helmet spared him much more serious injury. They didn't go further into the mechanics and dynamics of why that is so. Seems obvious to me that they feel either that he'd have cracked his skull, or his neck would have been further displaced had the helmet not stopped his melon from hitting harder. But don't let that change your helmet use strategy.

 

Thought I was clear, my question has nothing to do with whether helmet use is beneficial. And I realize that the story didn't go into the mechanics of the injury - otherwise I wouldn't have asked. And it has nothing to do with my helmet use strategy. And after reviewing what I wrote, I can't find anything that would suggest what my stance on helmet use is, or what I think others' helmet use strategy should be.  So why the negative reaction?

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