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3/25/09 9:50 A

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Helmet sales have been increasing at a rate of about 9% a year; however, some of that is repeat buyers, like myself.

Reported helmet usage on the slopes is WAY up from even just 5 years ago so that is great. I hope it's a trend that continues.

As a side note, I love that my nephew has no idea that you would ski or bike without a helmet. He's 11 and has never done either without one. It's a good start. (His dad and I are avid helmet wearers though, so that has something to do with it... and his grandpa was a safety consultant. That poor kid is lucky he's not in full padding to go to school.)

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3/24/09 6:37 P

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When my eldest son (now 17) was in little league (around 9) one of his teammates was killed riding to a game on his bike- with no helmet. We always wore bike helmets before but that day really struck us and the town. You never saw a kid in our town without a helmet after that. It's so sad that such shocking realities have to be used to get the message across. Today on the slopes I think I saw more helmets per head than usual.

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3/24/09 10:30 A

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Sarahsly said my thoughts exactly. I love skiing so much, and it's sad that she died from skiing. Especially as a person brand new to the sport.

On a tangent... I was on my bike on Sunday (with my toddler in her trailer), and it was a beautiful sunny day. I saw tons of people on bikes, and tons of people (especially children) without helmets, which totally freaks me out. I was on our main bike path, and there was someone who sustained a very serious brain injury there about a month ago while riding without a helmet. Eek.

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SARAHSLY's Photo SARAHSLY Posts: 525
3/24/09 9:55 A

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I think my struggle with it was that she was out learning to do something that I love so very much.

Others who have passed away on ski hills have been doing things like, playing football on a run, or taking risks it seems...

and then this.

45 people die each year from skiing related accidents; however there are MILLIONS of visitors purchasing lift tickets to resorts each year.

I'm just bummed all around that it happened to someone at all.


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EATNBOOGERS's Photo EATNBOOGERS Posts: 2,215
3/19/09 4:54 P

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Rachelrb, she wasn't wearing a helmet.

Sarahsly, I have been full of emotion about this one, too. Yes, I'm sad that someone so talented (and so young, or at least, so not old) could die as a *beginner* in the sport that I love so much. I feel so sad for her, sad for her family, sad for anyone close to her. It seems very unnecessary.

I also mentioned (maybe here and maybe on my blog) that I was pretty freaked out by some of the erratic skiing (and helmetless heads) I saw on my ski weekend recently. I'm already very much aware that you can get hurt skiing, and I guess I'm shocked when other people don't realize it.

I don't want to be overly pushy about helmets, but I *do* think everyone should wear them. I realize that they can't prevent all skiing-related head injuries, but I think not wearing one because they aren't absolutely perfect would be silly.

Let's be careful out there.

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RACHELRB's Photo RACHELRB Posts: 1,485
3/18/09 11:22 P

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I wonder if she was wearing a helmet.

It is very sad to hear someone died from doing something that is normally such a special and wonderful experience.

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3/18/09 8:58 P

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I just read the following headline.

"Natasha Richardson dies at 45 after ski accident"

She was on a beginner slope, in a lesson. She died from head injuries sustained in a fall.

When you hear of the passing of extreme skiers who challenged mountains, physics and their nerve it is less shocking I guess.

This is a tough one for me to swallow.

Her loved ones are in my thoughts tonight.

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