When Lena Öhlin carefully got up after the impact, she had no idea how extensive her injuries were. All she felt was pain, coldness and a tingling sensation all over her body. She was in the middle of the woods, on 2 April 2022 - and she had just been thrown from her horse. Fortunately, she had her mobile phone with her and was able to call for help.
It was only at the hospital that doctors discovered nine broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken shoulder blade. She was also badly bruised from head to toe. Yet everyone agreed that she had gotten off lightly: her head was intact - and her brain was unscathed.
Lena is convinced that the helmet meant everything. The difference between life and death. Or the difference between an (admittedly painful) time of recovery and a life forever changed.
Image: Lena's helmet after the accident. The damage from the hard impact is clearly visible on the outside, but the inside was able to absorb the forces and protect the head. This time, the end was a happy one.
Lena Öhlin is a stable manager, riding instructor and breeder. She lives her life surrounded by horses, has a deep knowledge of them and long experience. But anyone can be thrown off a horse, at any time - and then suddenly everything depends on the protective equipment.
Two weeks after the accident, Lena is still in a lot of pain and her days are filled with follow-up medical appointments, further X-rays and physiotherapy. She has a long period of rest and healing ahead of her. But, as aforementioned; it could have been worse. Once it became clear how much the helmet had meant to the outcome of the accident, Lena realised she wanted to share her new, painfully acquired knowledge and hopefully make a difference in the lives of other people. Her joyful enthusiasm shines through the story of her injuries.
"Everyone needs to buy a helmet like this!" she says emphatically. "It stayed on my head the whole time and didn't move! I want people to know that."