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The Case for Skateboard Helmets

Defending Skateboard Helmets – Let’s Change the Culture


Skateboarding Saves Contributor: Skater Claus

Skater Claus

Skateboard Helmets and My Two Cents

In 2018 I was bombing a hill and woke up in the hospital. I was going to pick up my son from pre-k and on the way out the door my wife said “Hey, wear your helmet!”.

I scoffed & said “I’m just going a few blocks, I skate our street every day, I’ll be fine” & left without my helmet.

This is one of the biggest regrets of my life. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I fell hard and sustained a traumatic brain injury.

It completely changed my life. I’m not the same person. Skateboard Helmets are a hot topic these days, and I am here to say I advocate for them.

The worst part of the injury is light sensitivity.

Light gives me headaches and at the 9-5. I work on computers all day.

When I do my Skater Claus board giveaways I always also give out helmets & pads.

There’s still a stigma around wearing a skateboard helmet in the skate community.

I think this needs to stop.

If you’re an adult and don’t want to wear a helmet, that’s fine – your choice.

But I think it’s irresponsible to let kids skate without a helmet. And, I also think as a skate culture we need to squash the idea that helmets are lame.

I promise you, that you don’t want to deal with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.

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