From: Martin Griffith
Subject: Re: Back again!
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 14:38:29 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: BT Openworld
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 14:38:29 +0000 (UTC)
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On 20 Nov 2002 03:56:28 -0800, Winfield Hill
>> Martin wrote...
>>> More kitesurfers have died in pursuit of their sport in the
>>> last two years than ever died while windsurfing in it's 20+
>>> year history. Those who are about to face death, I salute you.
>> Oh dear me, are staring your next ocean adventure in the face?
>> Seriously, Martin, what is the issue? Getting too far from shore
>> without adequate swimming skills and stamina? Is it a fall from
>> a great height? Does that happen often?
> Don't forget to wear a good helmut. Wear a lifejacket and use a
> dead-man safety release system.
> We don't want to be missing your posts. :)
> - Win
1 fatality 2000
3 fatalities 2001
7 fatalities 2002
(notice any trends?)
Another reason helmets don't work: An object breaks at its weakest
point. Some helmet advocates argue that while helmets may not reduce
the overall death rate, they prevent death due to head trauma.
Jonathan Goldstein, a professor of economics at Bowdoin College, in
Brunswick, Maine, wondered how this could be. If fatal head traumas
were decreasing, then some other kind of fatal injury must be rising
to make up the difference. Applying his expertise in econometrics to
those aforementioned CDC statistics, Goldstein discovered what was
happening. In helmet-law states, there exists a reciprocal
relationship between death due to head trauma and death due to neck
injury. That is, a four-pound helmet might save the head, but the
force is then transferred to the neck. Goldstein found that helmets
begin to increase one's chances of a fatal neck injury at speeds
exceeding 13-mph, about the same impact at which helmets can no longer
soak up kinetic energy. For this reason, Dr. Charles Campbell, a
Chicago heart surgeon who performs more than 300 operations per year
and rides his dark-violet, chopped Harley Softail to work at Michael
Reese Hospital, refuses to wear a helmet. "Your head may be saved,"
says Dr. Campbell, "but your neck will be broken."
More kitesurfers have died in pursuit of their sport in the last two years
than ever died while windsurfing in it's 20+ year history.
Those who are about to face death, I salute you.