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    My current injury that's almost fully healed is bruised / cracked ribs!

    I was trail riding at night with my Mrs. and I slowed down to let her catch up.....for some reason....I decided to pump on my front fork and wound up squeezing my front brake as well....I went endo, flew a few feet, and when landing.....my arm came between me and the crushed gravel and forcefully smashed my ribs! Pain.....luckily the damage wasn't worse.
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    My worst happened 2 weeks ago. Riding into a drainage area and didn't / couldn't see until the last moment that the opposite side had been washed out from a rain a week or so before. Couldn't stop in time and when the front wheel hit the other side I went flying (not easy for 225 lbs). Luckily I turned my head out of the way and ended up taking a hit to the right side of my body. Thought at first I broke the collar bone (already broke that one twice), but when I started having trouble breathing, I knew I was in trouble. Ended up calling 911 and Fire / Rescue took me to Trauma Center.

    Broke 3 ribs on my right side and collapsed my right lung. Chest tube hurt worse than anything. The collar bone wasn't broken but I did do a lot of soft tissue damage that's making the shoulder hard to move.

    My doctors are all riders, mtb and road, so none of them told me I should stop riding. Girlfriend was with me and also rides so I'm lucky that she just wants me back riding. Stuck walking dogs for next 6-8 weeks.

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    Had a 40% compression fracture on my T12. Manual down a pavement didn't noticed a rotten branch, looped out so fast that grabbing my rear brake did nothing. Landed heavily on my rear end, heard a faint pop sounds and had the mother of all pain. The rest is history, this is the third day and it still hurts despite all that painkiller.

    Take care fellow MTB riders and speedy recovery to all whom are on the mend.

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    Nothing major from biking other than 3 purple scars on my hip. Chainrings landing there.

    Now, running. I stepped into a 1.5 foot deep hole that was covered in water. I lost my arch and 9 months later I was in the OR getting it fixed. I also had a bone removed and many scopes to see what else I messed up. That was about 2 years ago and I am still having issues to this day.

    I also blew out my shoulder moving a gun safe. I stretched the "cup" and now I can pop it out when ever I want.

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    Took a dive on Power Pole at Bootleg Canyon. Took the handle bar in the ribs before rolling down the hill a little ways. Broke a rib. Scrapes and bruises on arms and legs. It was AWESOME. Still hurts to breathe and forget running. Also scared to death to sneeze. Lol. Surface bruise gone after like a week but internally still painful.

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    Not my most serious. Just the newest.
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    Failure to negotiate ramp: sprained left ankle, knee and wrist. Broke my left middle
    finger four ribs and shattered my clavical into five pieces. Surgery a week later on
    clavical - eight screws and a plate installed. Also, neck sprain that has limited my left
    rotation. That all happened in August of 2011. Waited eight months to ride again, but I was back in the gym three weeks after the accident. Waited three months before I started lifting weights again.
    "The only easy day was yesterday!"

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    I was out training three weeks ago on my standard round I usually run my interval workouts on when I, between intervals, fiddled with my GPS. that little gap in attention made ​​me miss that the road barrier was closed and sent me flying over the handlebars. since I landed on my head instead of any other body part the result was a neck fracture of the vertebra C7 and 8 weeks with support collar. note to self: analyze your workout at home and not while cycling..

    I'm glad I can stand/walk/move around and still has full sensation and I guess I could say I was lucky as it could have been so damn much worse!

    8 years ago I cracked the urethra, but that is a different story.
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    Figure it's about time that I jump in on this thread. Although after scanning through the posts, my injury pales in comparison to some.

    My buddy got me into riding about a year ago, having never been on a MTB or really anything 2 wheeled since my used pale yellow Schwin 10spd in junior high. I got absolutely hooked and after about four months of bombing around XC trails I agreed that it made sense to try something more technical. So off to SoMo and National trail.

    I didn't know what I was doing, couldn't do many of the obstacles on the trail, but couldn't wipe the grin off my face either. After four rides, I got a new wider set of bars, put them on Friday night and hit the trail the next morning. Amazing what an extra 1/2" does for your control, and unfortunately, confidence. Soon my speed greatly exceeded my skill, I took a bad line and launched myself over the bars.

    Put my hands down to stop from eating the rock approaching my face and came to a stop about 5yds short of my bike. Nothing hurt, but I glanced over at my left hand. My wrist was in a rather disturbing S-curve. After some loud cussing about the riding I would miss, walked my bike to my buddy further down the trail and started the 2 mile hike down. Thank god for adrenaline, didn't feel a thing the whole hike or drive to the hospital.

    It says something when the ER doc is impressed with your injury. I managed a displaced distill fracture of both the radius and ulna in my left wrist. Chipped a bone in the right wrist as well, but hey that's nothin. Had surgey 2 weeks later, got plated and have 8 screws. Back on the bike in 2 months and back on XC trails in 3. During my convalescence, I stayed connected to riding by upgrading most of the components on my bike, because it's always the arrows, never the indians. I'll tackle SoMo again this fall hopefully with a little more skill.

    I had to memorialize the event

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    I've had more than a few bad ones. This was last Sunday:


    2nd worst was the fall that led to the 3 titanium screws in my shoulder (don't have the x-ray of that available), and the worst happened in 1996 and eventually led to this last year:


    Still riding as much as possible, though I may have to tone down the speed and technicality of my riding; I break a lot easier now...

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    Cancer..Stage 3B colon cancer. Diagnosed August 29th 2011, spent 13 days in the hospital. My motivation for recovery (besides my wife and kids) was walking to the bay window every morning counting bike roof racks, being jealous that they were out there and I was stuck inside
    6 months of chemo followed...trying to get back into cycling again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluv2adjust View Post
    Cancer..Stage 3B colon cancer. Diagnosed August 29th 2011, spent 13 days in the hospital. My motivation for recovery (besides my wife and kids) was walking to the bay window every morning counting bike roof racks, being jealous that they were out there and I was stuck inside
    6 months of chemo followed...trying to get back into cycling again.
    My prayers are with you brother !!!

    The Mountain Bike Gods are smiling on you !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by esocko View Post
    After four rides, I got a new wider set of bars, put them on Friday night and hit the trail the next morning. Amazing what an extra 1/2" does for your control, and unfortunately, confidence. Soon my speed greatly exceeded my skill, I took a bad line and launched myself over the bars.

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    Same thing happened to me after I bought a new helmet.

    I hate quoting pictures, but I showed that to my girlfriend and her response was "That's not happening in our living room." I think otherwise.
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    Broken clavicle on saturday in a bike crash. Took the sergeon 2 hours, 7 screws, some bone puddy and a plate to put me back togeather. Dr Kim is the same Dr. that did Michael Floyd's (Notre Dame Football ), so I feel like I am in good hands.

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    No real serious injuries for me. Normal scrapes . No skin on knees type thing. However I finally got my wife to come out with me on an easy ride . First ride out - Got down one trail and had to cross a stile passed bikes over and hop over all ok. Wife hops over and manages to land her foot on a nice two inch rusty spike from the old gate it went through shoe and into foot. Queue plenty of blood. I inspect it and decide its nothing too major but give her the choice carry on or we go home and fair do's she carries on for another hour or so. Then up casualty for a tetanus shot but I got her hooked and she has been out three more times since then with foot still sore and got her signed up to a little 45 k trail in November so all good.

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    My worst one was when I was around 10 years old, meaning many many years ago.
    I was racing with friends and was leading the line. Did not see a car coming the wrong side of the street and went head on. Flew over and I think my rolling judo training, and a lot of luck, prevented more serious injuries than a broken arm. Bike was destroyed.

    All my subsequent falls were a lot ligther and I have to thank judo. I am planning to enroll my son in those classes also since he's already showing he will ride hard.

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    My worst is my "Chain Ring Tattoo" and I started a thread for other "Tattoo Artists" check it out at:
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    Dislocated my elbow taking gap, well, the gap took me really. out for the count after that nasty spill.

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    Last weekend, cruising along a trail I've ridden many times. Front tire caught a root on a step down and turned 90 degrees instantaneously. I got catapulted into the hardpack dirt trail. Ouch. Ended up breaking my left collarbone. The kicker is that I broke my right collarbone less than four months ago.

    I can only be thankful I've had many many years without many serious crashes.

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    Crashed off a DH jump. Concussion, broken hand, lost conciousness. Out of work 4 months with concussion, dark rooms and no noise. A year and 12 days ago; can finally do light trail rides as of a month ago, any more than that screws with the head. Awful, but getting better. Living vicariously through friends and fuel tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzyq View Post
    Crashed off a DH jump. Concussion, broken hand, lost conciousness. Out of work 4 months with concussion, dark rooms and no noise. A year and 12 days ago; can finally do light trail rides as of a month ago, any more than that screws with the head. Awful, but getting better. Living vicariously through friends and fuel tv.
    Don't mess with a concussion. Whatever time it takes to feel normal, take it.
    I'm in this thread somewhere with a fractured pelvis and a shattered clavicle.
    Both took 4 to 6 months to completely heal. I've never experienced anything
    that took more than a year. But you can't rush it. You will live to regret it.

    As my doctors said to me,
    "it's healing slowly, but at least that's the right direction, give it time"

    I know your frustration. We all heal at different rates.
    But we do heal...if we don't do anything silly.
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    I ran against a fence trying to go over some log step things and somehow landed my leg directly on top of one of these logs causing a bad thigh contusion. I was out of action for about 3 weeks and it gave me a noticeable limp when walking.

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    My epic July 1, 2012 crash:

    Broken neck (C7), broken back (T3,T4), 2 broken ribs

    Small/medium size drop off, with a downhill landing. Front wheel hit first, then proceeded to fly over the handlebars. I got twisted and couldnít brace my fall with my hands so I landed on my head and then rolled over onto my shoulder and back. When I hit, I could hear 2 cracks and I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully, I could move my arms and legs, so I was hoping there would be no permanent damage.

    I consider that day to be the luckiest day of my life. It could have had an outcome that was very different. Fortunately, I didnít require surgery. I just need to wear a neck brace for about 6 weeks (4 down, 2 to go ).

    Can't wait to get back on the bike, (with my wheels firmly planted on the ground)

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    I got this on Saturday. I went over the bars an my knee hit the front brake rotor. 5 internal stitches and 14 external. I was told injury was inevitable, I didn't expect it on my 5th ride though.



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    [QUOTE=cbd5600;9567440]I got this on Saturday. I went over the bars an my knee hit the front brake rotor. 5 internal stitches and 14 external. I was told injury was inevitable, I didn't expect it on my 5th ride though.

    Brake rotor to the knee! OOoh, that's a good one!
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    zygomaticomaxillary complex, Fractured 5th Metacarpal

    On July 11th I was riding with two friends. I don't remember how I crashed but I crashed hard. I had a minor concussion but enough that I didn't know where I was or what the year was. I thought 2015 sounded too high and 2007 sounded too low so I settled on "I don't know"
    I landed on my face. I had a zygomaticomaxillary complex. Your cheek bone is connected by 3 bones. I broke all three. These 3 showed up on the CT scan. The other 3 fractures above my lower jaw didn't show up until surgery. I ended up with 4 plates and a bunch of screws. They made 3 incisions. One near my eyebrow, one through the conjunctiva to put the bones back in place in the orbital floor below my eye and a 3rd in my mouth from above my 2 front teeth all the way back beyond my molars. Plus one tiny one in my cheek so they could fit a screwdriver.

    I might need an implant to bulk up my cheek bone where some of the bone is missing to look symetrical.

    3 Weeks later I'm doing much better. I have very little pain. My hand seems to be doing great. I still have some swelling in my face. I have a lot of numbness. The nerve that comes out of your cheekbone was right where one of the fractures was. So at least some of the numbness is here to stay.

    My hand just needed a soft cast.

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    slipped on sand, landed on my shoulder-totally detached my rotator cuff. had surgery yesterday.
    Doc said operation was successful, tendons and ligaments in good shape, cleaned up old damage.
    Will be off the bike for at least 12 to 15 weeks. guys, you just dont bounce as well at 63 years old compared to 23

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    Hmmmm all I have is a few shin scars and a perfect inprint of my disk brake burned into my calf.

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    1.)Separated shoulder in 2005 bombing down a descent, got airborn, landed funny and tried to save it. Clipped a tree going 22mph. Two surgeries to fix shoulder. One to put bolt in, and one to remove.

    2.)Going in tomorrow (yes tomorrow 8/17) to get surgery on my broken left hand. 5th Metacarpal is shattered. Needs pins to heal right. Cast for 6 weeks. Went OTB on a washed out trail after taking 3 months off due to unrelated back surgery. No idea the trail i've ridden a thousand times would be so different. Bruised rib/spleen too.

    I keep telling myself 2 surgeries in 15 years isnt that bad....right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    Hmmmm all I have is a few shin scars and a perfect inprint of my disk brake burned into my calf.
    That might actually look cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA View Post
    Spiral fracture of the 5th meta-carpal. The fix required 2 Ti screws.

    I hit a tree w/o ever letting go of the bars - all the Dr.'s asked me who I punched!
    I have this to look forward to. Are you back on the bike?

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    Ruptured Spleen with Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs. BREATHING WAS SO PAINFUL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dencard View Post
    slipped on sand, landed on my shoulder-totally detached my rotator cuff. had surgery yesterday.
    Doc said operation was successful, tendons and ligaments in good shape, cleaned up old damage.
    Will be off the bike for at least 12 to 15 weeks. guys, you just dont bounce as well at 63 years old compared to 23
    Ah, yes. We older riders don't bounce. Well, not as high as when we were young.
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    Broken collarbone - over the hangers on a MX bike.


    To all those with MTB injuries - how many of you used clipless pedals, and would flats have prevented the injury? I'm currently choosing between the two.....

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    Went OTB @ 25 mph. Managed to fracture my shoulder blade, collarbone, multiple rib fractures and a punctured lung. For my efforts I got morphine AND a helicopter ride!

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    Reconstructed right Knee, then the usual, broken ribs bashed shins tweaked wrists etc....
    Ride long, ride safe...

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    Broke my tibia in 3 places last month. Doc says 8-12 weeks to recover. No worries my bikes only a little scratched can't wait to get back riding.

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    Years ago I pulled a superman style dismount over a drop of about 3 feet. both shoulders dislocated as I pounded down on the granite landing zone. about 12-13 years later I finally had to get both shoudlers repaired as they would just pop out for no reason. That was by far my worst injury...

    My coolest injury resulted from me dicking around by a drainage easment and flipping my bike only to have the pedal rip open the back of my leg. I was using platforms at them time and have what appears to be a bear claws scar down the back of my leg.
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    February 2006: cruising back from class one evening, I went off a curb on my bright orange GT mountain bike doing about 20 mph and had my chain suddenly skip on landing. I lost control, went down hard on my left side, got up and threw my bike into the bushes in a fit of rage. Riding home, I realized my left arm felt wet, looked down, and saw that I had a split-open elbow that took five stitches to close.

    July 2008: While trying to escape from a massive thunderstorm in New Orleans, I got hung up on some partially submerged railroad tracks and went down on my left side again. I realized I was hurt, but had to get to cover, so I jumped back on the bike, nearly fainted after two pedal strokes, and fell off on my right side. I patched up some horrific road rash hiding under the porch of an abandoned house, and then went to a local church that was just reopening for more gauze. I was lucky not to get more seriously hurt.

    August 2012: I was climbing up a little, rooty incline on the Blue Loop at Fountainhead, lost my traction going about 5-6 miles per hour, and bearhugged a tree. Slightly bruised my shoulder and calf, but pinched my right foot between the tree and the bike. It hurt like hell then, and I could barely finish the ride, much less drive home. An evening worth of ice, elevation and rest did wonders for it- to the degree that I actually went back to FH the next day and slayed that same climb. Now, I've got a huge, painless bruise that goes nearly from heel to toe, but I can't post any pictures or links until I get around that pesky 10 post limit.

    The closest I've come to serious injury on a bike was riding at UC Santa Cruz. I had just come to the top of a hill, had a decent amount of speed when suddenly my front tire went sideways and I found myself going OTB into a nasty, spiky tree stump going directly at my face. Somehow, I managed to grab that stump with both of my hands and flip my bike over my body, landing safely on my back with my arms still wrapped around the stump. When I got up, the guy behind me told me it looked like something out of the Matrix, and to this day, I have no idea how I managed to pull that off. Probably would have done some real damage otherwise.

    Many in this thread have more severe injuries from biking than I've ever had, and I wish you all a quick and easy recovery! I actually got into mountain biking after I blew my ACL out and lost most of my cartilage in my right knee snowboarding- I couldn't skate, surf, or snowboard for six months, and when I asked the doctor what I could do for exercise, he said, "Well, you can ride a bike..."

    Seven years later, and here I am!

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    just got my left repaired from a jump I took on my road bike back in late April... rotated over the bars and plowed in shoulder first, tore the labrum up pretty seriously (large SLAP tear) but delayed on getting the work done till the summer was mostly over. Still managed to put in 1500 miles in on the road (mtn biking on a regular basis was extremely painful) and 5 DH trips, the last being the day before the surgery.

    This is gonna be a fun 6 months of rehab, no cycling except on a stationary trainer...
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    umm just a side note,,, Pictures or it didn't happen.
    Rep is for Mo's MTBR isn't an exclusive club

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    Broken glenoid (in shoulder)

    Had my first major injury recently . It was on a single XC trail, not a serious DH trail.
    Broke my glenoid in two (which is the bone that looks like a ball at the end of your shoulder, I believe the rotator cuff pivots on this bone... But anyway enough of the anatomy) after my back tyre slid out on a slight downhill turn and I fell hard on the shoulder and arm. Had to get it screwed back together in a very painful op. Will be out of action for 3-6 months.

    Will be investing in some body armour for the next time and have since invested some time in looking at some MTB riding technique videos online (got plenty of time now. It was my left shoulder and I'm left handed )

    A painful lesson for a relative newbie.

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    jump + braking + mud = 7 stitches!

    I must have been riding in Nam, because when I hit the brakes after a jump a Punji stick got me! Bike slid out from under me when I braked too hard on the mud and a stick impaled my forearm. I thought I was a pretty fit guy because I just did a triathlon this summer so I was surprised to see a yellow fat globule sticky out of the hole!

    It was also my second day of riding my new 2012 Cannodale Scalpel 29er 4! I was more concerned about the bike than my arm! Maybe next time I'll wait for the mud to dry up! Ah, probably not, I can't wait to get back out, these stitches suck balls!

    Bike is ok! Pics of the bike are one day old, pre-accident!
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    Rotator cuff injury and subscapular tendon rupture.

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    Somewhat big scratch on back because of crash 'n' OTB, nothing serious tho.

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    Hit a corner too fast, lost control and bounced right into a cactus. I've been sliced open a few times but man.. that cactus was gnarly. Haven't broken any bones on my bike yet.. knock on wood

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    it finally happened

    I've been mountain biking since 1988 with no major accidents or injuries. Last week while taking some friends on one of my favorite Oregon trails my pedal caught a root or something (on a perfectly buffed out trail), & I went over the bars. I looked up & saw blood but turned out to just be some random scrapes & bruises. Embarrassed more than anything.
    About a half mile later while descending a steep , rocky section of single track I went over the bars again. this time head & shoulder first into a tree stump. Wound up with a broken clavicle & three fractured ribs. The 4 "inexperienced" girls that were with me rode on ahead to get the pickup at the trailhead while I walked the last five miles out.
    Injuries suck! No riding for at least three weeks? my blood feels like butter by not riding. Depressed, but making the best of it. At 50 years old it takes longer to heal but I'm already itching to get back on the bike before the snow flies.
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    Ruptured Spleen with Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs. BREATHING WAS SO PAINFUL.
    Holy cow dude! how far away were you from medical help? Ruptured spleen can put you in serious shock & near death in a hurry.
    "Prollyisnotprobably"

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    I suffered a mild heart attack while riding in Oakridge, OR last weekend. It was a total freak thing. I ride and surf a ton and eat decently. I wasn't feeling that hot, had no energy, and had an odd pain in my back. I finished the ride and was trying to relax by my campsite. Then I threw up and decided it was time to seek help. Drove to ER in Eugene, where much to my amazement, the doc said I was having a heart attack and would require emergency surgery. Was rushed to another more capable hospital with a proper OR where I had a cath and 2 stents. What a first day of a mtb vacation. Dodged quite a bullet. Hope to be back in action in 2 weeks.

    Wishing everyone a speedy recovery! Glad to still be here.

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    I split my kneecap down the middle after bashing it on the stem of my bmx, couldn't walk for a month was lucky the tendons didn't separate so it all healed up nicely,
    Since then I've gotten rid of the bmx been on the mtb for 6 months, so far just cuts from overgrown branches on older trails, oh and 1 broken knuckle from punching a pitbull as it was going for my leg

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