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Sara Gillers on Helmets 30-May-2014 At 1:03:35 PM Sabu
Thanks for sharing.

I'd like to add one point: although head injuries from climbing are fairly rare and Sara's story may read as quite shocking, the challenges she's faced are extremely typical of individuals who experience a severe traumatic brain injury. The difficulties she's experienced, both short and long term, are unfortunately the norm in almost all rehab hospitals. In her case, the outcome is relatively good compared to many who will never be functionally independent again.

Please don't come away from reading her article thinking "this will never happen to me". It may very well not and wearing a helmet while climbing is one of the easiest things you can do to reduce the risk of head injury (or at the very least reducing the severity in such an event). In contrast, however, road accidents account for the vast majority of head injuries in young adults. As we all know the chances of being involved in a car accident are far higher than being involved in a climbing accident. It would be pointless to wear a helmet at the crag only to drive like a speed demon on the way home. So please, drive safe, climb safe and look after your head at all times!

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