The Crash in Rollerblade

最近、BONTフォーラムに参考ビデオ添付して、自身のスケーティングフォーム矯正の意見を求めて投稿した人に対する最初の反応はビデオで「ヘルメット」を装着していなかったことでした。茶々を入れたようでもあり、それ以前の心構えから直さないと教えられないと言うのはインストラクターとしては正しい心がけです。特にアメリカで滑る場合、ヘルメットは必須条件です。10年前、NOヘルメットで滑っているアグレッシブ・ビデオなどは発売できませんでした。

しかし、最近の投稿ビデオサイトは倫理規定が無いに等しく、アグレッシブフリースケートのビデオはヘルメットもプロテクターも着けていないスケーターの映像ばかり目に付きます。確かに見た目はスタイリッシュ、またプロテクターがあると出来ないトリックもあるから、今時の傾向なのでしょう。門外漢の私がアレコレ言うのも何なので・・・現役スケータがYouTubeに投稿した警鐘ビデオを見てください。編集された投稿ビデオの裏で、こうした事が起きている。

Bad Rollerblade Bail of Andrew Muggli


http://youtube.com/watch?v=9_Wu_lruIv4
this is the worst slam i've ever seen... my best friend andrew muggli fell from 2 meters on his back and his head!!! before it seemed as a normal skate day but it ended in the hospital! this video is a warning to all freestyle-athletes! be safe and wear your helmet!!! it's your choice...

Inline Skating Safety


http://youtube.com/watch?v=oYKEkPFIkh0 (Sep. 11, 2007)
The most serious crashes involve cars, drivers can't stop fast enough to avoid skaters in the road. Others happen when skaters fall and often result in a wrist injury. Instructor Krista Heubusch says accidents happen because people fail to take a lesson and learn how to do it properly. In addition, they don't wear protective gear. Dr. Tillman Jolly, emergency room physician, says the most lethal type of injury would be a head injury and says wearing a helmet is a good idea for anyone new to the sport. Ann Brown, Consumer Product Safety Commission says always wear protective hear, helmet, gloves, wrist, elbow and knee guards.

Loudonville teen in critical condition after inline skating accident

Colin Quillinan (Mar. 20, 2009)
Colonie Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit is looking into an inline skating accident involving a 17-year-old Loudonville teen.

Matthew Ashline was hanging onto the side of a moving vehicle when he lost his balance and fell hitting his head on the pavement.

Two of Ashline's friends, Christopher Ferracane and Chrstian Weykamp, also of Loudonville, were with him at the time of the incident. Weykamp, 18, was also holding onto the moving vehicle but was not injured in the accident while Ferracane, 18, was the one driving the car.

Ashline is currently listed in critical but stable condition at Albany Medical Center.

A Loudonville teenager was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after taking a spill and hitting his head while in-line skating. Town police said Matthew Ashline, 17, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head trauma about 2:40 p.m. when he fell at the intersection of Diane Street and Sandra Sue Drive.

At the time, Ashline was traveling at a high rate of speed because he and another teenager were hanging on to the side of a 2001 Ford driven by Christopher Ferracane, 18, of Loudonville.

Police said Ashline was listed in critical but stable condition at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

No charges have been filed in the incident, police said.
The Colonie Police Department is a New York State accredited, full-service police agency serving the Town of Colonie, New York.
WRGB CBS 6 Albany: Loudonville teen in critical condition after inline skating accident

Brain Injury Warning Signs

(Mar. 20, 2009)
Here are the symptoms to look out for.

Natasha Richardson's death after a tumble on the slopes is so frightening. After all, she reportedly felt fine after her fall, and even allegedly turned away the ambulance that arrived immediately afterwards. Obviously, she had no idea how serious her injury was.

In the course of everyday life, most of us have suffered the pain of a solid bump on the head. Whether from a fall, a door or a low-hanging branch, that sharp shock is familiar. We can usually sit for a minute or put on some ice, and carry on.

Yet, the NYC medical examiner's office says Natasha Richardson died of blunt impact to the head. When does a knock to the head become a cause for concern and medical attention? Here are a few answers to common questions about head injuries, courtesy of the CBC.

What are the common causes of head injury?

Car accidents are a major cause of serious head injury. Other causes are falls, sports and assaults. You don't have to be hit on the top of the head -- a blow to the jaw or side of the head can also cause a brain injury. People who have had previous head injuries are believed to suffer more serious repercussions when they have another. Another injury to the head before a person has fully recovered can lead to brain swelling.

What types of head injuries are there?

The four main types of head injuries are:
  • Concussion: a mild brain injury that is usually temporary.
  • Contusion: a bruise on the brain.
  • Fracture: broken skull bones.
  • Hematoma: a blood clot caused by a blow to the brain.
The head and brain can be injured whether or not the skull is actually damaged. A hard knock or jolt, even with no external sign of injury, is enough to cause a brain injury.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can range from none to mild pain at the site of the injury, bleeding or lack of consciousness. Indications that the injury needs medical attention include:
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Continued headaches, and headaches that get worse.
  • Nausea and vomiting, particularly in adults.
  • Seizures.
  • Confusion.
  • Loss of memory of events surrounding injury.
  • Drowsiness or lack of responsiveness.
  • Blood or clear liquid from the ears, nose or mouth.
  • Unusually large pupils, or pupils of different sizes.
  • In infants, an inability to stop crying.

How should it be treated?

Many mild concussions don't require more than rest and monitoring. Someone else should watch for signs of more serious injury, though. Sometimes the symptoms of a serious concussion, a contusion or hematoma may not show up for days.

Monitor when the patient does not appear to have any signs of serious injury. Make sure the person with the injury is not confused or having trouble walking. Watch for symptoms listed above.

Call the doctor if the patient later experiences dizziness, repeated vomiting, difficulty concentrating, or changes in personality.

Call an ambulance if the patient has lost consciousness, or is having seizures, paralysis, or problems walking or talking. If it is a small child, call the doctor if you think the child is not behaving as usual.

If the person has a skull fracture, put a bandage on the wound but do not try to clean it out or disturb it in any way. If the injury is serious, call an ambulance and do not try to move the patient.

Someone with a serious head injury is likely to be admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation. Symptoms can take days to show themselves. Surgery may be required to relieve pressure on the brain, if there is swelling or bleeding.

When can normal activity resume?

This will depend on the seriousness of the injury. Be sure to wait until all symptoms are gone. After a mild concussion, some people can resume normal activity almost immediately. Ask a doctor how long to wait after symptoms are gone.

Can they be prevented?

Most injuries can be prevented by sitting quietly at home -- but people don't want to live their lives that way. But a few simple steps can drastically reduce the risk:
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Wear a helmet when biking, inline skating or snowboarding.
  • Wear a seatbelt in the car and make sure children are in safety seats.
  • Slip-proof your home, especially the bathroom.
  • Play sports responsibly, using the proper equipment.

Children and helmets

One of the challenges parents face in protecting their children from head injuries is persuading them to wear a helmet, even when an adult isn't watching over them.

Ellie Wannamaker, who treats children with head injuries, has some tips.
  • Convince them that wearing a helmet is "cool" by pointing to people like cyclist Lance Armstrong or other popular athletes.
  • Have children participate in the selection of the helmet, If they like Spiderman and he's on the helmet, they're more likely to wear it.
  • Get the whole family to wear helmets. If parents don't wear them, children are less likely to stick with them through their teens and into adulthood.

Wannamaker says a general guideline is that children should wear a helmet whenever they are going faster than they can run -- using roller skates, inline skates, bikes, skateboards, scooters, skis, snowboards, toboggans, etc.

Our thoughts continue to be with Natasha Richardson's family in this tragic time.

See Also:MomLogic: Brain Injury Warning Signs

CSA touts multi-purpose sports helmets

By John Stewart (Mar. 24, 2009)
The Mississauga-based Canadian Standards Association is introducing a new standard for helmet certification for snowboarding, inline skating and skiing.Less than a week after actress Natasha Richardson died from a brain injury suffered in a Quebec skiing accident, the Mississauga-based Canadian Standards Association is introducing a new standard for helmet certification.

On its website today, the CSA announced that the Province of British Columbia has donated $50,000 to support the development of safety standards for sport helmets used for snowboarding, inline skating and skiing.

“This significant funding demonstrates B.C.’s leadership in recognizing the need to develop new helmet standards for multiple sporting activities,” said John Walter, vice president of standards development for the CSA, which has its offices on Spectrum Way in the Airport Corporate Centre.

“These new standards will play a role in the health and well-being of all Canadian citizens, as they will be designed to prevent serious head injuries and will enable the development of multi-purpose helmets.

"We hope that more people will be encouraged to purchase a helmet if it can be used for more than one sport,” said Walter.

There are currently no minimum Canadian standards for snowboarding, inline skating, skiing or skateboarding helmets.

“I really believe this will have a lasting legacy for Canadians by changing the way helmets are bought and sold in Canada,” said Richard Kinar, a helmet safety standards advocate.

Richardson died from a brain injury she sustained after falling at Quebec’s Mont-Tremblant ski resort. She was not wearing a helmet.

She suffered swelling and bleeding in the brain after she initially refused treatment for her injury. She was flown to New York for treatment but did not recover.

The lights were dimmed on Broadway to honour the brilliant career of the film and stage actress, who was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and the wife of actor Liam Neeson.

Walter told Canadian Press that announcing the new standard for helmets was in the works for two months. Richardson’s death made the issue of head protection and appropriate helmet certification even more important.

"You hear people say, ‘I wouldn’t have worn a helmet before, but I will now.’ So obviously that kind of attention will help people be aware that they need to wear a helmet," he told Canadian Press.

Sports helmet manufacturers will be under no obligation to submit their products for certification.

The CSA is urging the federal government to require mandatory testing of all helmets to meet the new standard. Failing that, Walter says, sports enthusiasts and parents should purchase only helmets that conform to the new standard.
Mississauga.com: CSA touts multi-purpose sports helmets

Injury Association offers tips on sports safety

(May 22, 2009)
Boston - As the weather warms, more and more people are enjoying outdoor sports.

Whether biking, skateboarding or rollerblading, obey the rules of the road and wear a properly fitting helmet.

“Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent,” says Michelle Weinstein, director of prevention programs for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. “Plus, today’s helmets are light and can cost as little as $20.”

According to Weinstein, choosing the right helmet and wearing it properly are critical.
  • Straps should meet in a “V” under each ear.
  • Chin straps should be snug and comfortable under the chin – one finger-width between strap and chin.
  • Helmet should be worn low on the forehead, no more than one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • Helmet should not move side to side or back and forth.
  • Wear a helmet designed for your sport.
  • Check your helmet for cracks or dents. Damaged helmets should be replaced.
“Massachusetts law requires that anyone, age 16 or under, to wear a helmet while riding a bike, scooter, skate board or while in-line skating,” adds Weinstein. “But it’s important for everyone to wear a helmet when participating in such sports as children learn from their adults.”

For more information on sports safety, contact the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts at 800-475-0032 or visit the Web site at www.biama.org.

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is a private, non-profit organization that offers programs to prevent brain injuries, educates the public on the risks of irresponsible behavior and the impact of brain injury and provides support services to brain injury survivors and their families. The association also advocates for funding for individuals with brain injury, supports legislation to prevent brain injuries and collaborates on educational campaigns with state agencies and related associations.
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