Shredding Pow

Kevin Pearce in VTI recognize some readers of this blog have little or no interest in extreme sports, but this post is about a recovery process and story of success, not an event that made recovery necessary. I encourage anyone who is concerned about recovery from adversity to read this post. According to the New York Times, Kevin Pearce sustained a traumatic brain injury while attempting a cab double cork in the halfpipe at Park City, Utah. Even though I have never stood on a snowboard and have no idea what a “cab double cork in a halfpipe” might look like, I understand something went wrong that resulted in a life-changing event.

Critical but Stable

His life changed forever, but he did not quit. Doctors told him, but he already knew he could not go back to his old normal. Prior to the injury, he was one of the best in the world. Now, he could no longer compete. He was determined to create a new normal that was as close as possible to the way things used to be.

It Saved My Life

We have all heard the advice. Whether we’re shredding pow while training for the Olympics or simply riding a bicycle a few blocks to a friend’s house, we should always wear a helmet. There are dozens of styles and colors for every sport — there is at least one that is perfect for you.

Positive Outlook Can Do Wonders

I have mentioned the benefits of a positive attitude in several posts. I just want to remind everyone who is reading this post that your attitude directly affects the attitude of other people. When you have a positive attitude, the people around you want to help. When you have a negative attitude, people want to run away from you. In addition, your attitude is contagious. When you think of possibilities rather than obstacles, the people around you think of their possibilities. Maintaining a positive attitude in spite of your adversity is a win-win scenario.

If you are interested in reading more about his story, click here.


  • Do you participate in any high-risk or high-impact activities?
  • Why do NASCAR drivers, football players, and many other athletes wear helmets during practice and competition?
  • Why do military personnel wear helmets when in combat?
  • Have you climbed a ladder or ridden a bicycle without a helmet? If you have, why?
  • If you had an injury and could no longer do what you did, what would you do?

Thanks to Celeste who suggested I write this post; Kevin Pearce for sharing his story; the doctors, nurses, therapists, family members, friends, and strangers who made the recovery smoother than it might have been; Dew Tour; Alli Sports; NY Times; RED Protection;  YouTube for posting the story; and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the picture and video I used in this post.

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