“The problem for Michael was not the hit, but the mounting of the Go-Pro camera that he had on his helmet that injured his brain.” – French Journalist Jean-Louis Moncet told a French radio station after talking with Mick Schumacher, Michael’s son
GoPro’s shares have gone down 10% since this news broke…
Could a GoPro camera and mount cause a helmet to break more readily? It’s possible. We won’t know until more testing is done. GoPro might have to fork out a bunch of cash to convince helmet companies to test helmet safety with GoPro camera’s and mounts attached to deem helmets: GoPro certified.
From The Telegraph:
Experts from ENSA, the world-renowned ski and climbing academy in the French ski resort of Chamonix, have conducted tests to determine whether the presence of a solid object between a helmet colliding with a rock would weaken the structure.
The helmet smashed – but the camera he had attached to it, in order to record him and his son skiing, was undamaged. The footage, audio and visual, has provided police with crucial information about the crash.
“The helmet completely broke. It was in at least two parts. ENSA analyzed the piece of the helmet to check the material, and all was OK,” said a source close to the investigation.
“But why did it explode on impact? Here the camera comes into question. The laboratory has been testing to see if the camera weakened the structure.”
Seven-time world Formula One racing champion, Michael Schumacher, is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury sustained in December 2013 after colliding head first into a rock while skiing in France. Schumacher came out of his medically induced coma in June, but most likely will never be the same.