The helmet issue is so contentious people will say the stupidest things

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County sheriff deputy reports a helmet would have saved the man’s life, even though he was wearing one and died of blunt force trauma.

In a sad case a snowboarder at Heavenly Mountain Resort avoided another skier and hit a sign post. See Snowboarder from England dies after crash at Heavenly. Another news source also reported the accident and received a quote from the investigating depty. The deputy was quoted in the article:

It is unknown if Perring was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. A helmet would not have prevented the injuries that led to Perring’s death, Lovell said.

The first and most other reports stated the deceased, Perring was wearing a helmet. At the time of the quote, the newspaper reported the man died of blunt force trauma after hitting the sign, as reported by the deputy.

Perring was skiing on the resort’s Tamarack run about 3 p.m. when he attempted to avoid another skier, left the run and hit a sign post, Lovell said. He suffered blunt force trauma to his chest during the crash.

See Skier dies following collision with sign post at Lake Tahoe resort. Either the reporter was not quoting the deputy correctly (and obviously did not read their own article to put the quote in) or the deputy has been told or decided to say a helmet would have saved the person’s life.

They won’t.  So far there have been 13 fatalities at ski areas this season and seven of the deceased were wearing a helmet. One person was not wearing a helmet and five of the reports do not identify if the deceased was wearing a helmet. See Skier/Boarder Fatalities 2011-2012 Ski Season

Do Something

I hope this is bad reporting, editing or something.

Wear a helmet. It will prevent a head injury if you are skiing or boarding. Just remember it will not save your life and it may make you feel more secure leading you to ski or board faster diminishing or eliminating any protection the helmet provides.

Most importantly, think!

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