Hey guys! Kind of an odd thread for my first post, but what the heck, I've got something to say.
First, in my opinion, a study which studies only injuries without surveying collisions which resulted in no injuries and helmet usage in non-injured snowboarders cannot come to valid conclusions about the possible benefits or lack of benefits of wearing helmets. Nor any valid conclusions about whether helmets "encourage" risk taking behavior. Junk science and junk reporting. Which is par for the course for the WSJ.
Second, I agree completely with crgildart above; it's good and useful to train on how to protect yourself, but you can't prevent someone from blindsiding you. I ski to have fun and weight avoiding accidents very high in that equation. But all it takes is one idiot... My helmet is added insurance against all collisions.
Third: I think sofort99 makes a great point.
Fourth, nice to make your acquaintance guys! I'll post an introductory thread in a few.
Welcome to epic ski!
You have entered the bizarre world of helmet threads.
Everything is worse than it seems, or better, but no one knows which.
and woo hoo, I'm at 3,500 posts.