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    how do i keep my wrist from getting screwed up?

    I've been riding about a year, but im finding that my right wrist is starting to become increasingly agitated when i land on it in a crash/ditch/unexpected ejection from bike. Basically if i land on it, it get angry and starts hurting (obviously) but lately the pain has been a lot worse, and it hurts when i twist it the wrong way (off the bike). Also, i've been falling onto concrete/asphalt a lot now that im doing urban/trials riding.

    Basically, I'd rather not screw up my wrist, but im not sure how to keep from jamming it into things. Anybody have any ideas? i was thinking of getting a wrist brace to wear while im riding (and maybe when im not to keep from tweaking things)

    also, is there anything i should be looking out for that would indicate something is tweaked?

    any help is appreciated

    -Bryan

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    Bryan,

    Wrist injuries take FOREVER to heal, so if you are repeatedly falling and bracing your falls with your wrists, you will constantly feel pain. A wrist brace is a good idea, but so is learning to fall without relying on your hands/wrists to brake the fall. Find a grassy soft area and practice learning to tuck in your arms as you fall. It takes quite a bit of time to develop the habit of NOT extending your hands (you've been doing it since you could walk, afterall), but it will help to protect you from wrist injury.

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    thanks. i figured i needed to change how i ditch in a crash. I should probably get some elbow pads to help out with that.

    If anyone has any other helpful hints it would be appreciated

    -Bryan

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    Don't crash?

    Sorry, had to say it.

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    I had a tweak in my wrist a while ago, after I recovered, I started using this occasionally, and it has helped prevent further injuries for quite some time now.

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    The problem with a wrist brace is

    yeah, it sorta protects your wrist but it transfers the hit to other parts, like only to your hand or fingers. Just keep saying to yourself as you ride "make a fist, make a fist" so that when you do crash you'll take the impact basically spread out on your hand/forearm. I've been told by some to tuck my arm in and take it on my shoulder, but shoulder surgery doesn't sound like a reasonable alternative. I've also slowed down since I broke my right wrist last year. That's also an alternative to crashing at speed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryguy17
    I've been riding about a year, but im finding that my right wrist is starting to become increasingly agitated when i land on it in a crash/ditch/unexpected ejection from bike. Basically if i land on it, it get angry and starts hurting (obviously) but lately the pain has been a lot worse, and it hurts when i twist it the wrong way (off the bike). Also, i've been falling onto concrete/asphalt a lot now that im doing urban/trials riding.

    Basically, I'd rather not screw up my wrist, but im not sure how to keep from jamming it into things. Anybody have any ideas? i was thinking of getting a wrist brace to wear while im riding (and maybe when im not to keep from tweaking things)

    also, is there anything i should be looking out for that would indicate something is tweaked?

    any help is appreciated

    -Bryan
    Wrist braces aren't a bad idea, but like everyone else has said, try not to put your hands out/down when you fall.

    Also, if you're having chronic pain, you should consider seeing a doctor. Trust me, I know wrist injuries (see below).

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    I'm jealous! You had a fancier fixator than I did.

    I still have mine though, didn't want the screws that go into the bones.

    (I'm also familiar with wrist injuries, 3 broken bones - 8 fractures this past July, my right wrist).
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    check your wrist out by an orthopedic surgeon....it is way worth it.....I have had X-rays with no signs of problems.....went to the orthopedic and found out I had been riding with a broken wrist the last 4 years.....he said I needed a hand specialist....

    ended up with a bone graft off hip to fix my scafoid.....better to get diagnosed earlier then later so you don't havbe bone grafts...just screws....also I will be down about 8 months total because I waited and had to get more evasive surgery
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    anybody ever try to keep their hands on the bars when they go down? i know it's hard to change the instinctual reaction of putting your hand out to break a fall, but, if you remind yourself every time you get on the bike to hold on, you will be surprised that sometimes you really will. maybe not every time, but sometimes.

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    my 2 cents

    They have a neoprene wrist wrap at wal mart for a couple of bucks that helped me after my break. You put your thumb through a loop and it wraps your wrist and adjusts with velcro. It does'nt give protection but keeps the muscles warm and a bit more flexable. Just dont wear it all the time. Good luck
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    I think ill take some of your guys advice and go have it checked out by someone that knows what theyre doing, just to me safe. gonna have them take a look at my finger, which decided to get oddly stiff halfway through an XC race this weekend. no hits or anything, just decided to be wierd on me

    anyways, thanks for the help/advice

    -Bryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil
    anybody ever try to keep their hands on the bars when they go down? i know it's hard to change the instinctual reaction of putting your hand out to break a fall, but, if you remind yourself every time you get on the bike to hold on, you will be surprised that sometimes you really will. maybe not every time, but sometimes.
    Yeah this is on the money, a few times I've gone down, and held on like a mofo to the handlebars. Was talking about this to my mate the other day when he did the same thing in front of me; a low speed tumble.
    Its good for low speed crashes, just hang on with both hands and save those spindly hand bones from damage.

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    I'd be interested in the orthopedic diagnosis here. one of my friends has a similar issue -- been complaining of super bad wrist pain on sketchy jumps or bailouts -- not necessarily used to brace for a fall to the ground. that riding for four years with a broken wrist thing sounds all too familiar...

    neoprene wrist wraps or braces seem to help a bit, but seems like the slightest thing can set it off.

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    i've been keeping off my wrist for a few weeks and its stopped bothering me so much. I think that it just got hit a few too many times in too short of a time. even took a 2000 ft descent that was super rocky on a less than plush bike and it didnt bother me

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