Last week I was cocky. Well I am actually cocky most weeks, but last week maybe more so. I was riding a log skinny that I consider challenging. I had ridden it cleanly 4 times previously so on this particular day I felt fine as I started my awesomeness. However, close to the end of the log the thought crossed my mind that “maybe I am due for a fall”. Yep, I guess I was because I did fall…a very ungraceful endo ending with my head hitting the ground. It wasn’t that bad of a hit, but got me thinking about concussions:
Frank and Matt Phillip / Bicycling Magazine :
Bike helmets were designed to prevent catastrophic, life-threatening blows. But new research is finding that concussions could be as dangerous as splitting open your skull. And that brain bucket you own? It was never designed to prevent concussions.
Okay, so now what? Today’s helmets are fine to prevent you from cracking your skull open but not so great at protecting you from the currently harmful concussion. After looking around I couldn’t find any manufacturers that made such a helmet. I contacted the folks at Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute and they said “we have not identified a practical anti-concussion helmet.” However, I did find this new funky helmet design. Will it eventually help with concussion prevention?
Charlie Sorrel / WIRED :
Kranium is a bike helmet that is made from the same cardboard used for the boxes you find at the supermarket. This material, along with some clever construction, turns out to be a lot better at absorbing impact than the more usual polystyrene-filled lids.
While some manufacturers are looking at this new design, it would appear that there isn’t any solution in the near term or that it will be certified to help prevent concussions. Given that I think I will stop doing some of the riskier stuff and slow down a bit. Probably not bad self-advice in general.