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This sounds like a call for more strict helmet laws
I wonder how effect helmets actually are? Or are they like knee pads, only really make a difference in a minor fall.I recommend helmets to people at our pumptrack regularly, but have no interest in joining the helmet police. Rarely see people out on actual trails without them though, it's mainly a BMX and Fred thing. The Freds are the most likely to actually need one IME.
I slammed into a ditch last November hard enough to break 6 bones. My head also struck hard enough to require a few stitches; my helmet was dented, I think it hit a few small rocks and that impact telescoped through the helmet to my head, splitting the skin. But it was only a few stitches; hate to think what it would have been like with no helmet.
They're extremely effective. My kid has cracked 3 helmets in the last couple of years and hasn't had any major head trauma despite that. I hate to think what would have happened if he didn't have one on.
I don't wear a full face full time but probably could with the Stage and Proframe but someone could easily make the same argument about full faces vs the standard helmets we all wear. We'd all protest and say "we don't plan on hitting our face/jaw/cheek" or "it's not needed on a trail like this" but the amount of people that don't wear full faces in bike parks and on trails like Mount Wilson in LA always amazes me.I'm almost to the point of wearing a full face all the time and requiring him to as well as my main worry, now, is him face planting on a rock or tree.
I can't remember the last time I hit my head (well, I did maybe 6 years ago at night in the winter due to not seeing a branch), but two weeks ago I hit the ground pretty hard, landing on my head and right side. I typically ride very hard and don't crash very often. I launched over a root mess, but somehow on the knowingly uneven landing area I got bounced left, which was towards some objects I didn't want to hit at that speed, then I ended up getting bounced right and hard against the trail. It shook me up pretty hard with some significant bruising around my hips, and of course my head hit. No LOC or TBI indications, but that was one of those rare hits where I realized I was done riding for the day (about 30 min in).I'm able to type this sentence because I always wear a helmet. If I didn't, then I'd likely be either brain-damaged or dead by now.