This is a very sad story. Condolonces to her family.
It's terrible that she died while just starting to learn the sport that we love.
Originally Posted by kiwiski
This has me totally freaked out. I bumped my head getting into my car today. Am I going to die?
Should I wear a helmet at all times, not just skiing?
There's no reason to panic this was very rare. If it didn't make instant national news you probably wouldn't even have paid it much attention.
From that article you linked to:
Quote by Keith Black, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
"At Cedars–Sinai we treat hundreds of brain-injury patients, and it's very rare to see someone whose minor injury has become this life-threatening."
I mean really there's nothing you can do. If it's your time it's your time. If you really want to do something work on balance training. Get life insurance.
You could be afraid to walk down stairs all the time - that would be far more likely to hurt you since we do that all the time. Walking on the street and slipping on ice - common injuries. Standing on a chair or working on a crappy ladder - more dangerous.
It must have been obvious in the fall that she hit her head very hard so that the instructor called ski patrol. The rest is just a thorough job to follow up.
As far as beginning skiers, I try to teach them to grab their knees if they go into panic mode or feel out of control. The standard response is to throw your arms up and lean back which just makes you go faster, have little steering control, and be much further from the ground. If you grab you're knees you will at least have control over the tips of the skis and most importantly, you are closer to the ground so bailing out -falling to the side is not that bad. In that position also, the head is much closer to the ground. It's difficult to override the instinctive mode though which most default to anyway so it takes practice. A lot of people feel embarrased about doing it making it that much harder to convince them.
Far more common is secondary concussion syndrome in sports like high school football and college football and kids die. Basically, they go back to activities way too soon and get another concussion and have serious complications. They've developed a test with questions that you ask the person over a series of time - days, weeks, to see if they still have lingering effects. It's not an exact science though.