A better helmet design?
Hockey Helmets get better all the time.
That article is a better designed football helmet. I'm saying with today's technologies their could be better, safer options that would possibly show true decreases in the fatal and debilitating injuries, but the public isn't asking for that. They are happy with the current standard though it still shows no decrease in the more serious accidents.
The hockey helmet standard is comfortable and constantly improved on to be more rigorous. It has a larger public following and receives more attention.
So if we are really concerned with safety, why not show an interest in designing a better standard that we would pay for?
I guess I'm looking for a placebo for when I ski tight tree lines and steep, rocky terrain out west. Each time I go to check on buying a helmet I look up the safety standards, with in mind, to buy the highest safety standard I can get for what I want it for. Tree skiing and Steep rocky slopes that I occasionally get on they scare me. I'm uncomfortable on them and ski with a level or caution that hampers my skiing ability, I stop more often then I need to or like to and I just feel that awful fear in the pit of my stomach that says all the way down the run, What if? I don't have that fear on any other runs. I find the statistics and safety standard disappointing each time I go look and so far still avoid (about 75% of the time) the runs, take the easy way down, or ski the slow line.
I wish airplanes gave me a parachute also, I feel just as nervous when I have to fly and consider the only thing worth flying for to be a ski trip. Like most people, I'm searching for a risk level I am comfortable with, rational or not. As I stated before, there is 70,000 head injuries a year on bicycles and 11,000 a year in all snow sports combined (including snowmobiling and toboggan in that stat), and by far the majority of those are minor lacerations and type 1 concussions. I still ride a bike and feel comfortable on it. I feel comfortable on all ski terrain and accept the level of risk involved on it, but on the two types of terrain mentioned, I'd like to ski more comfortably and improve my skiing in it, as I do enjoy it when I'm there, a regular helmet doesn't meet that level of comfort for me, though, as mentioned, it may give me some protection in those situations, it is not enough to make me feel comfortable in the terrain and there fore does not meet my needs.
If I am an anomaly, so be it. There is no call for a better and safer design then and no one will produce it. If others want to know their sons and daughters have better protection in the parks (Oh, nasty me trying to play on peoples emotions instead of logic there), and in trees and when their friends use peer pressure to get them to jump off that cliff, they will push for better, or something that at least will give them a little better comfort level in those situations.
I think all your reasoning is bullshit excuses. I reality you just want to let your hair blow. Stop wasting bandwidth by saying you need a helmet to be more protective before you wear one.