From ‘corpse’ to inspiration: Snowboarder’s recovery from traumatic brain injury subject of new film

Kevin Pearce, snowboarder

Several years ago, snowboarder Kevin Pearce was injured in a half-pipe accident that put him out commission. I just came across an updated article about him:

On New Year’s Eve 2009, five days before the 2010 Olympic snowboarding trials, 22-year-old Kevin Pearce was training in Park City, Utah, when he slammed his forehead into the icy wall of a half-pipe during a practice run, suffering brain trauma so severe he had to relearn how to walk and talk.

“I look like a dead man,” Pearce told Outside magazine in 2011 while viewing a photo of his limp body at the bottom of the pipe. “I look like a … corpse.”

>> Read more here>>:

Apparently, there’s a movie on HBO about it – The Crash Reel

It looks like you can download it. I think I will…

 

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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