Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: I live in rainy England
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Yes you can still get hurt wearing one but they save a hell of a lot of lives and I'm speaking as a possible one of those lives. Spent years riding, never had a fall that would have hurt my head then I came off onto the top of my head coming out of a bolt. I would have smashed my skull if it wasn't for my hat. I also wear a body protector because I've been on both sides, I was kicked while wearing one and only had a bruise on my ribs instead of having them broken but on the flip side I was an idiot and didn't wear one when I was on a jumping lesson and riding a known bucker, I came off and broke my shoulder which I wouldn't have if I'd wore the body protector. It takes one time for something bad to happen and having something like helmet increases your odds of surviving without a terrible head injury or indeed just dying. My mum is a special needs teacher and she once taught a little girl who had been a rider and who was severely handicapped but hadn't been like that all her life. One accident without a helmet reduced a bright and capable little girl to someone who could barely understand what they were trying to teach her and would need care for the rest of her life.
Eagles may soar but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.