Mount Pearl mulling skate park helmet rule
#1 Aug 18, 2011
My 20 year old son, 4 weeks ago, crashed his freebord. He was wearing a helmet but did not have it done up. He spent 5 days in Critical ICU in Kingston Ont where I was told "it's touch and go". I almost lost my son! My son had multiple fractures along the temporal lobe, broken ear drum, bleed on the brain, and serious brain injury. Dr's told me his concussion is 10 times worse than Sydney Crosby's and that he can NEVER skateboard/snowboard again.
I have always supported helmet safety on anything that required it. Kids think they are invincible therefore don't wear a helmet at all or don't wear it properly.
I recently moved to Ontario from NS and it was strictly enforced in the town I lived in. Skateboards, bikes were taken away if they did not have their helmet on or worn properly.
My son may have still been injured in this accident but he would have been a lot better off if his helmet did not fall off before impact.
My son applied to the military the day of his accident, now he has to wait. He cannot attend school or even work so it is now up to me to take care of him....all because of a helmet.
The doctors have also informed my son that because of his accident he has a greater chance for dementia, Lou Garrick's disease, and many other brain related diseases in his future...even more so if he experiences another head trauma.
Helmet safety is very important. The skateboarders feel it restricts them, doesn't look cool, irritates them...how much irritation would permanent brain damage cause? Statistics are there, the costs of medical care, long term damage, and death.
To this 22 year old, you are looked up to in the park by the younger kids...set an example and do the right thing...play safe!
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