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DP: Puking snow?
SW: It's a technical term.
DP: I was looking at these head injuries in the NFL. How many concussions have you had?
SW: I've had maybe four or five, which is actually pretty lucky.
DP: What about surgeries?
SW: I've lucked out. I've had two. One on my knee, which was a slight repair of torn cartilage in the meniscus, and I hurt my thumb.
DP: That's it?
SW: We have these new helmets, Burton makes them for RED, a company they own. These helmets are made to withstand one really big impact, and then that's it, you need a new helmet. It basically cracks in two and absorbs the impact. It's tough because you have to go get a new helmet, but it saves your head.
DP: What goes through your mind when you see what happened to T.J. Lavin [a pro BMX rider who was critically injured in a crash last month]?
SW: I try to not think about it. I always tell people that our sports aren't that dangerous. It's just that we [professionals] are in very different circumstances, where we have been doing these sports for years and years and years, and [the danger is] the result of being bored and wanting to do something new and exciting. It's like if you played guitar for 18 years. You'd never want to sit there and play some simple song. You'd want to rock out, you'd want to turn the amp on and do the pedals and do all these different things. When I go out to do a Double McTwist 1260 at the Olympics, it's not because it's fun. It's fulfilling to me. I'm receiving some satisfaction from doing these tricks and pushing what I'm capable of. On a fun day, I just go cruise with my friends, my family, and do big airs, simple things.