Originally Posted by marge
I can ski perfectly fine without it, I just choose not to ski without it. I have had some pretty horrific falls with and without a helmet on and just think of it as one more added safety feature. If I skied without it and ended up a veggie I would probably always wonder (well, actually probably couldn't even wonder..... well you get my drift).
I don't have to "wonder". I was a witness on a bike trip when the one of the rider, who normall wears a helmet, forgot it in her car. She choose to ride without. Then, she had a bad crash.
But she didn't hit her head. Instead of having a concussion, she couldn't move her body, arms or legs. You got it, a "bruised" spinal cord. She eventually recovered enough to walk and work. But could not ride again. It's pretty likely had she been wearing a helmet, the extra weight might have broken her spinal cord and put her in the wheelchair for life.
I've seen accidents when a rider died from head injury even though wearing a helmet. Several more that has nothing to do with the head (collar bone, pelvis, shoulderblade, wrist). And another close buddy died from internal injuries sustained during crash. I just find this facination with helmet when riding and skiing rather ridiculous, when you can simply slip and hit your head on the ice (or the ski you're carrying) while walking from the car to the lift!!!
Do I ever think about having a crash on the very same day of forgeting my helmet? Not at all! I'll just ski or ride. Do I ever "wonder" if I would win the lottery if I buy some ticket on the day I forgot my helmet? You bet!