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Old 03-21-2006, 10:03 AM
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Watersports helmet?

I am curious about the use of watersports helmets. For those of you who use them, is the primary reason for impact protection with an object? Or do they help lessen the impact with the water on very hard hits? I've gotten my bell rung a few times while wakeboarding and am wondering if the helmet would help prevent those instant headaches.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:45 AM
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Helmets are interesting things, they are mainly for collision with objects (ramp, sliders, your own board/skis) They will help against water, but they can also catch water in them, which is bizarre.

Make sure they fit well, and i would not wear one for slalom skiing, personally.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:46 AM
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I heard that part of the reason is to protect your ear drums, but a helmet will be something new to me. They didn't exist when I was a kid.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:47 AM
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Interesting about the ear drum thing, they sell neoprene protectors for that, i find them difficult to wear, always squeezing.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:59 AM
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I bought one last summer for wakeboarding and snowboarding. I can attest it is possible to get your bell rung still, but it helped I think.
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:25 AM
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Got helmets when we got the Sky Ski. We bought the kind with the ear flaps, and I've been glad a few times I had mine on, when I landed on the side of my head. It interferes with my hearing, and that bugs me, but I guess I'd rather be annoyed than blow out my ear drum or hit my head on the board.
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:26 PM
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I imagine if you concerned about your eardrums, you could wear ear plugs too, that would stop the water from gettin in with force. Just an idea..... anybody ever try this? or how big of a problem is it for slalom skiing? I never heard of anyone having trouble with slalom skiing and eardrums, but I have with wakeboarding and foiling.....mabye the falls are different....?
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I imagine if you concerned about your eardrums, you could wear ear plugs too, that would stop the water from gettin in with force. Just an idea..... anybody ever try this? or how big of a problem is it for slalom skiing? I never heard of anyone having trouble with slalom skiing and eardrums, but I have with wakeboarding and foiling.....mabye the falls are different....?
my dad ruptured an eardrum skiing many years ago

my brother wears a helmet on the wakeboard and snowskis, since he goes upside down
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:37 PM
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Helmets are interesting things, they are mainly for collision with objects (ramp, sliders, your own board/skis) They will help against water, but they can also catch water in them, which is bizarre.

Make sure they fit well, and i would not wear one for slalom skiing, personally.
its the whole surface tension of water at significant velocities that necessitates the use of a helmet
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:58 PM
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A lot of hydrofoilers and some wakeboarders wear helmets for just for the ear protection. Ear injuries are more common because we're falling from higher distances than with say slalom skiing.

I doubt the helmet offers much protection behond that but some would probably argue. I know they do make special earplugs just for water sports and say it's dangerous to wear just regular ear plugs.
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