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Ouch! Helmets do work.

post #1 of 16
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After a day of vicodin and a shower:

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p199/Spookfish/Concussion10.jpg

Big thanks to Hank, Joel and the Smiths, also a shout out to the Sun Valley ski patrol and hospital.
What I remember: 

It was the last run of the day (go figure) and I wanted a video to see how I could improve my form off the jumps. I had gone on these many times earlier in the week, except the second jump, I had only hit once before. I came off the first jump fine, but didn't slow down enough for the second. In midair I crossed my skis, attempting a trick, then looked down and realized I had overshot the landing and was 15-20ft in the air. The last thing I remember was hitting the snow but I do not remember the crash. My friends say I was moving around a minute or so after I had been unconscious. I do not remember any of that. An instructor was on the lift and radioed ski patrol, who put me on the sled and took me to the parking lot to be loaded into an ambulance (my friends told me this). I came to in the ambulance, I do not remember anything from the moment of impact to waking up in the ambulance, it felt as if I had been sleeping. I did not remember what day or month it was, nor did I remember my birthday adding to this, I didn't know who the current president was. I kept asking the paramedic "what happened" because I had no clue until I had gotten to the hospital, thats when I started remembering everything. I was extremely cold even though I was in full ski gear so they gave me a warm towel. I had swallowed a lot of blood from my cut lip and had to vomit it out. They took me to get a CT scan where I vomited again. My face was completely numb and my lips felt massive. The nurse brought me some gatorade and put neosporin on my wounds. A few minutes later I looked in the mirror and was surprised, my already large nose and lips were even bigger, I joked with the nurse and she said ladies loved big lips (I hope she's right). All in all, the doctor said he was amazed I hadn't broken the bone under my lip as well as my jaw. He said if I hadn't been wearing a helmet, I would have most likely... died. So I am very happy, even though I cannot walk straight, or focus on objects very well. It is hard to eat since there is a huge chunk of skin inside my lip that is dead and sore. I suffered multiple face contusions, a concussion and swelling. I've iced all day and the swelling has gone down. The CT scans came back clean, no bleeding or brain damage. I'm starving right now even though I've eaten 2 full servings of spaghetti. Whats weird was, I was thinking of not wearing a helmet that day since I was planning on hitting only groomers, but something inside me told me to wear it. 

As for the jump, maybe the landing should have been made better, but what is my response? It is completely my fault, I went too fast and will not try to take that fault away from myself, I knew the dangers and I didn't judge the speed for the jump correctly.

I'm not saying helmets are the best thing ever... just for me. 

VIDEO: http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p199/Spookfish/?action=view&current=Concussion.flv
Edited by Spookfish - 2/20/10 at 8:44pm
post #2 of 16
Whoa!

I'm glad you're okay.  That looks like it HURTS!
post #3 of 16
 Seriously!  Glad you chose to wear the helmet.  It could have been WAY worse.
post #4 of 16
 Parachutes work too..
post #5 of 16
 Funny how concussions tend to be "on the last run of the day"...almost by definition.
post #6 of 16
So that's what women want?

Concussion7.jpg

Glad to see you're still kicking.  I don't think I'd fair so well from that height.
post #7 of 16
 As they say in the car forums.."That'll buff right out". Glad to hear you are OK. 
post #8 of 16
Look at my picture......I think you might want to get a helmet like mine.

Dude, you are so lucky thats all that happened at that height.
post #9 of 16
Damn, glad you are OK!

I think a side benefit of a good fitting helmet is that it provides a little buffer around the face.  The only crash I had in recent years came when I was skiing powder and rammed into an obstruction under the snow, leading to a double eject and me flying through the air like superman for quite a distance before landing head first at a shallow angle.  No doubt the 1.5-2" of helmet protruding from my forehead, and the snug fit of the (Leedom Scream) helmet, prevented me from rearranging my face.

Last time I did a face plant many years ago, with no helmet, goggles absorbed the brunt of it, but I still had a nearly broken and very bloody nose, and light concussion.  Not to mention the cracked goggle lens that was aimed at my eye like a dagger.  That could have easily been worse.

So yes, I agree, helmets do work, even in some indirect ways.
post #10 of 16
Spookfish,
Glad you survived and are able to present the photos with the helmet comments!  As a patroller I have seen and treated the same (and worse w/o helmets) injury's. Patrollers are not able to really present what you have because of patients privacy rights. (we thank you)
Hope you keep skiing (with your lid on) and hope your pictures will help with keeping injury's to a lessor type (comparible to not wearing a helmet).
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
 Just got back from the doctor again, no spring sports for me this year, which means no polevault. I'd rather not risk becoming a paraplegic. But I'm looking a lot better today, just a cut open lip, bad kink in my neck, black eye and fuzzy vision. Time to get a new helmet :) I was considering the ones that covered the face more, we'll see, where do you get those? I'm guessing any big sports store.

I'm not sure I'll be hitting big jumps anymore, just drops into powder. Thanks for the comments, feel free to use any of these photos.

But yeah, it actually was supposed to be the last run, oh well. 
post #12 of 16
It looks like your helmet made a pretty good mark on your forehead.  Did the helmet crack or break apart?
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
 Surprisingly no, the goggles took a lot of the impact as well. I have to get new ones since... the blood on them isn't too appealing. 
post #14 of 16
Back in the day you had to look for a natural kicker or build one if you wanted to try something a bit on the wild side. Now they put these terrain features right there in the middle. Feel better
post #15 of 16
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Back in the day you had to look for a natural kicker or build one if you wanted to try something a bit on the wild side. Now they put these terrain features right there in the middle. Feel better

still have to look for naturals at my hill, its a bit more challenging to get big air, still possible, and usually sketchy. Looked like that landing was too short, should be able to go straight off the first and straightline (or almost straightline) to the second and land clean without overshooting. Nasty crash man good thing you had a helmet
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Spookfish View Post

 Just got back from the doctor again, no spring sports for me this year, which means no polevault. I'd rather not risk becoming a paraplegic. But I'm looking a lot better today, just a cut open lip, bad kink in my neck, black eye and fuzzy vision. Time to get a new helmet :) I was considering the ones that covered the face more, we'll see, where do you get those? I'm guessing any big sports store.

I'm not sure I'll be hitting big jumps anymore, just drops into powder. Thanks for the comments, feel free to use any of these photos.

But yeah, it actually was supposed to be the last run, oh well. 
 

Most ski stores that sell race gear have them, they are intended for ski/boarder-cross and extreme skiing.  The ones made for BMX are nearly identical.  Head, POC, Dianese, and Leedom are some brands that currently make full face ski helmets.  Mine is by Salomon.


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