Michael Schumacher - Ski Helmets
I donít know if anyone is following the ski accident of F1 race car driver, Michael Schumacher. It appears Michael was skiing in an area cluttered with rocks when he slipped and hit his head on said rock. They are estimating he may have been traveling 50 mph at the time of the accident because his helmet was split in two. All news reports state the helmet saved his life but did not protect him from the serious brain injuries he sustained.
I created a thread years ago about Natasha Richardson who was in a ski accident that took her life. However, she did not have a helmet on and her outcome was fatal. I believe there was a medical opinion at the time that said would have lived if she wore a ski helmet.
I spent the past two hours looking at ski helmets and they appear stronger and better constructed than bicycle helmets. In fact, POC has one with a face shield, a needed protection accessory lacking in bicycle helmets.
Iím going to buy a ski helmet below by POC simply because I believe itís a better winter helmet. I donít know why bicycle helmets made by the same company look thinner, cheaper and offer less protection? In fact, cyclist should have more protection because we ride with vehicular traffic. This notion that cyclist need less protection than skiers is nonsense.
I suspect there are two reasons why cyclists are given cheaper helmets to use by POC. (and others)
1. Cyclists are willing to take more risk and use a helmet that offers less protection to keep the weight/heat down to a minimum.
2. Cyclists have less money than skiers and are not willing to buy an expensive helmet so a cheaper one is constructed for their use.
An argument can be made about the need to use a less protective helmet in the summer but why compromise during the winter?
I donít know whatís going to happen to Michael Schumacher in the long run. The helmet may have saved his life but now his quality of life is in jeopardy. I donít believe he would have faired better with a bicycle helmet if you see the construction of the ones he used. I watched him race for most of his career and sad to see this happen.
Thereís also another lesson. They showed an area where the accident happened and it amazed me he made an attempt to ski there. I believe there is risk we all take in life and there is just unnecessary risk. I believe this was the latter.