Its funny the first thing I did when I registered for this mtn bike forum was to find the injuries threads. In 1993 I had a fairly horrendous downhill accident.
I thought I might add my list to the fray, bear in mind this is from just a single accident:
1) Fractured vertebrae T8, T9, T10, T11, T12, L1 and L2. The T10 was fractured front to back and the pedicle on the T8 was snapped off.
2) Hemoraging in the caudal canal, its the the space the spinal cord is suspended in.
3) 2 broken ribs right side I think ithey were the T10 and T11
4) Dislocated right shoulder
5) Concussion- grade 3-4
6) Pinched sciatic nerve in the right leg, could move leg just not feel it. Lasted about 3 months, now I get numb patches in the leg sporadically.
Now the story, stupid doesn't begin to describe it and lucky is only the begining.
Living in Utah at the time there is a nice ride at medium altitude called Payson Lakes Loop, near the Blackhawk campground. Two friends and I went for a ride before work early in the morning, we drove to our favorite trailhead and parked. A great ride up the canyon. However, on the way down one friend and I decided to race the road back down and have our friend pick up the truck and meet at the canyon exit- 8 miles I think on asphault.
At one of the longer straights we ran into some free grazing cattle (completely legal not a problem). These are not little sickly run of the mill bovines, these were bigger beefers getting ready to show up at the OUTBACK steakhouse later. They were lined up on the left and right hand sides of the two lane road leaving plenty of room to go down the middle.
There were about 20-25 cattle, and as anyone who knows cattle can testify it doesn't take a whole lot to get them freaked out and running around. Yep you guessed it, the ones on the left side freaked out and went right, and the ones on the right side freaked out and went left leaving my friend and I out room and out of luck.
He laid his bike down immediately (lots of scrapes and cutes) I on the other hand thought I could wind my way through. No and no again. The very first thing I did was cut left to dodge my friend on the ground and as I did that I slammed into the shoulder blade of a cow! The cow was at least 5 feet tall, easily close to half a ton if not a full ton and all I can say is that it hurt ALOT!
I had just enough time to clinch my sphincter and close my eyes.
I don't know what happened but our buddy trailing us in the truck said he came around the corner in time to see me about 10feet in the air spinning with my bike still clipped in only to see me land on my head and get TRAMPLED by two more cows.
The impact disclocated my shoulder and collapsed my lung and I most likely pinched the sciatic nerve on impact (along with the concussion) however when the cows stepped on me one stepped on my right shin and femove a 3 inch chunk of skin and the other stepped square in my back. Ribs and vertabrae getting crunched.
6 hours of operations, 3 months recovery and I was back on my bike.
I now have 7 SS screws and too short rods in my back holding the T10-T12 together and the pedicle at the T8 onto the vertabrae.
10months later I broke two more ribs, and continued riding untill 2000. I left cycling for a bit and now have returned. Albeit a tad slower than before and much more catious.
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