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    I hit a curved wood bridge a little too fast. Face planted, at 55 it was alittle more than I could bare. My neck snapped back, by the next day I could not lift my arm. I herniated the disc and damaged the spinal cord. at four months I can curl a 3lb dumbell 12 times. The improvement is slow but steady. My doctor said it my take a year to get the strength back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvpat View Post
    I hit a curved wood bridge a little too fast. Face planted, at 55 it was alittle more than I could bare. My neck snapped back, by the next day I could not lift my arm. I herniated the disc and damaged the spinal cord. at four months I can curl a 3lb dumbell 12 times. The improvement is slow but steady. My doctor said it my take a year to get the strength back.
    Sorry to hear that. On my first reading I thought you were curling 31 lbs on the injured arm. I was thinking -- wow!!! But then I rearead.

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    Yesterday, thought I had more skill than I actually do. Hit the double black diamond hill at landahl park (ish trail). I was doing pretty well for most of it, nailing the smaller jumps going down the big hill. The whole time thinking, "YEAH, HOLY CRAP, YEAH, HOLY CRAP". Got to the bottom of the big hill, feeling pretty good then there is a series of smaller tabletops, hit the first one perfect, the next one not perfect, landed on top not the back. Which made me a little nervous so i slowed down some. Third one, I realized was a tandom, not a tabletop. Not enough room to stop, no way to avoid it, just jumped. Hit the front of second jump at a pretty good speed, taco'd the front wheel, broke two ribs and class2 separation of my collar bone AC. Of course I was all by myself, hadn't even seen another bike on the trail. So I pushed my broken bike about a mile and a half back to my car, then to the ER. That sucked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetworkz View Post
    Yesterday, thought I had more skill than I actually do. Hit the double black diamond hill at landahl park (ish trail). I was doing pretty well for most of it, nailing the smaller jumps going down the big hill. The whole time thinking, "YEAH, HOLY CRAP, YEAH, HOLY CRAP". Got to the bottom of the big hill, feeling pretty good then there is a series of smaller tabletops, hit the first one perfect, the next one not perfect, landed on top not the back. Which made me a little nervous so i slowed down some. Third one, I realized was a tandom, not a tabletop. Not enough room to stop, no way to avoid it, just jumped. Hit the front of second jump at a pretty good speed, taco'd the front wheel, broke two ribs and class2 separation of my collar bone AC. Of course I was all by myself, hadn't even seen another bike on the trail. So I pushed my broken bike about a mile and a half back to my car, then to the ER. That sucked.
    Woah, glad you made it to the ER~ Yeah, adrenaline pretty much saves the day when we need it most. Without it you probably would have waited until someone came to help you out.

    When I attempt anything new and dangerous I always do it while I'm in good company. It also helps to give you more confidence. I remember the first time I hit a table top jump and crashed hard (went too fast). Luckily I was OK except for a messed up elbow gash and face gash. That taught me never to hit or try anything alone.

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    grade 2 AC separation... in recovery mode now w/ at least 3 weeks off bike. Murphys law... stops raining and we're in a mini heat wave.
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    Dec 6 will be my 1 year anniversary of breaking my back in 2 places. T5 & T7 cracked through. 8 screws and 2 rods in my back. Whiplash with my neck wired, and a broken left wrist. What a difference 1 crash makes.

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    Spiral fractured right tibia. Broke July 18th and just doing light riding now. Won't be back fully until January i think


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    I was doing 25 on the road and was preparing to make a left turn. The driver of a car coming the other direction was oblivious to me so I was paying attention to them. The front tire hit a small but deep pothole which turned the front wheel and sent me over the bars. cracked ribs, broken metacarpals, broken elbow, cuts on my face and all kinds of road rash. And no insurance. It was a nasty hard hit. I remember crawling across the pavement to the ditch while dragging the bike with my legs.

    The only positive was that I did bleed on the drivers cell phone when they offered to let me use it to call for a ride home.

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    was two years ago in august. Went OTB after landing a jump hard nose heavy that they had just extended the gap on. Took the hit to the head and the shoulder (right). Did not go to the doctor the night of the accident went home and took some tylenol and went to bed. Woke up feeling like a truck hit me and not being able to move my arm at all. Went to my specialist as ive paid for his car more then once by now and found out i broke my shoulder blade in 5 places and have a permanently dislocated collar bone.

    luckily no surgery (still have the dislocated collar bone as it protrudes out which they say is ok to leave... ) sat on the couch for 3 months and got back to work.

    been riding since released with luckily no more injuries.

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    Grade 3 AC separation... 3-4 months ago now. Shoulder still aint right, lately it seems like every 2-3 weeks I notice a little improvement. At 43, I'm not sure it will ever get back to how it was. Just thankful that I'm able to ride again =)

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    Only in my second year of riding, but I've taken enough minor spills to be cautious.

    My worst MTB injury is embarrassing; I wasn't even riding! This past weekend I was working on my front brakes. I spun the wheel to see if the caliper was centered, and didn't notice that my finger was between the rotor and the caliper post. Crunch... My left index fingertip got cut through the nail and down to the bone, which sacrificed itself to stop the wheel from going all the way through my fingertip. So I type a little funny right now, but I can still work the front brake lever with the now nail-less finger, so I ride on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevenhelmet View Post
    I spun the wheel to see if the caliper was centered, and didn't notice that my finger was between the rotor and the caliper post. Crunch... My left index fingertip got cut through the nail and down to the bone, which sacrificed itself to stop the wheel from going all the way through my fingertip. .
    I did that too only in my case it was only my finger tip and a small part of the nail. Bled like crazy though and felt GREAT! I'm sure yours hurt much worse.

    Some of these here are very gnarly injuries! Mine could've been but I got very lucky.

    My worst injury on a bike was at Dirt Fest 2014 in May at Raystown Lake Pennsylvania. There is a trail there called Osprey that is very fast and swooping with oddly spaced rollers to hit as you burn down the trail. I'd rode that demo loop on my XC bike earlier just fine. I wanted to demo some bikes but all that I wanted to try were already out so I went out again.

    Long story short somewhere on that trail I got squirrelly on a roller, locked up my front brake, or just plain fell off at around 20 mph. I have a vague memory of falling OTB off to the left and that's it. I woke up as they shut the ambulance door on my way to a helo ride out to Altoona Pa, about an hour by car. They said I was out for about 10 minutes and had basically wrecked all over the trail. I got extremely lucky though.

    I only had a nasty concussion, headache (obviously), trail rash, some bruises and a gash on the side of my left orbital that took off some eyebrow. (it grew back!) They scanned me 5 times, stitched me up, dressed some of the trail rash and sent me home.

    The only lasting thing is I occasionally get headaches where I took the hit and I have nerve damage where the gash happened but I don't even notice that most of the time.

    My helmet saved my life on that one. If I hadn't been wearing one my stupid self might not have walked away or been seriously disabled from the hit. I don't preach but I do tell people that story when they try to whine about wearing helmets.

    I replaced the helmet with a better one but I kept it as a war trophy. It still has the blood on it.

    Oh and only a scratch on the handle bar for the bike!

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    Was heading into a section of trail I thought I knew pretty well - relatively smooth hard dirt and very windy and flowy with some really fun, fast blind turns, and lots of room for speed.

    Coming into the first bermed turn, I realized (a bit too late, I might add) that the folks who like taking their horses on the trails destroyed all of the little berms so their horses could more easily get by. I had a ton of weight driving the wheels around the turn, but there was nothing to catch them, and before I even knew what hit me my head and shoulder were sliding across packed dirt... hands still gripping ghost handlebars, the bike 6 feet behind me.

    Had a nice scrape/bruise on my face, bloody lip, and my shoulder was killing me, like I had dislocated and reducted it all in one crash (which I had done before skiing.) My shirt had literally ripped at completely at the shoulder.

    I rode down to the trail head, taking things slow, and shook out the shoulder a little bit. It felt like I had just gotten a dead arm, which I took to be a good sign, sucked it up, and finished my ride.

    By the time I made it back to the car to put my bike back on the rack, my right shoulder didn't lift at all. Had to (sadly) ask for help, and then struggled to drive my stick shift home.

    Went to the ortho, got an MRI, and have 2 major and 1 minor tear in the upper shoulder (rotator cuff). Surgery, PT, the whole 9 yards, and now I can ride again just fine. In fact, i rode pretty much the whole time with the injury up until surgery, as it really didn't affect my riding, it just hurt a bit after.

    No pics - sorry - unless you want some arthroscopic surgery pics! It's funny, the horse people get all fussy about biking on the trails - yet they leave their poop literally mid trail. Maybe we should start copying that practice too, riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energetik View Post
    I did that too only in my case it was only my finger tip and a small part of the nail. Bled like crazy though and felt GREAT! I'm sure yours hurt much worse.

    Some of these here are very gnarly injuries! Mine could've been but I got very lucky.

    My worst injury on a bike was at Dirt Fest 2014 in May at Raystown Lake Pennsylvania. There is a trail there called Osprey that is very fast and swooping with oddly spaced rollers to hit as you burn down the trail. I'd rode that demo loop on my XC bike earlier just fine. I wanted to demo some bikes but all that I wanted to try were already out so I went out again.

    Long story short somewhere on that trail I got squirrelly on a roller, locked up my front brake, or just plain fell off at around 20 mph. I have a vague memory of falling OTB off to the left and that's it. I woke up as they shut the ambulance door on my way to a helo ride out to Altoona Pa, about an hour by car. They said I was out for about 10 minutes and had basically wrecked all over the trail. I got extremely lucky though.

    I only had a nasty concussion, headache (obviously), trail rash, some bruises and a gash on the side of my left orbital that took off some eyebrow. (it grew back!) They scanned me 5 times, stitched me up, dressed some of the trail rash and sent me home.

    The only lasting thing is I occasionally get headaches where I took the hit and I have nerve damage where the gash happened but I don't even notice that most of the time.

    My helmet saved my life on that one. If I hadn't been wearing one my stupid self might not have walked away or been seriously disabled from the hit. I don't preach but I do tell people that story when they try to whine about wearing helmets.

    I replaced the helmet with a better one but I kept it as a war trophy. It still has the blood on it.

    Oh and only a scratch on the handle bar for the bike!
    If you had said this was 2015, then you would have been the guy who went OTB and landed on his face HARD on the same trail when I was up there shooting photos. He didn't have a concussion, but he had some pretty intense facial trauma. I was newly certified at Wilderness First Aid and the first few minutes of managing that incident were some of the scariest of my life- fortunately, I heard through the grape vine that he was okay, albeit taking his meals in shake form for about six weeks.

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    Fractured radial head and level 2 AC separation of shoulder ligament.

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    My GF had a bad OTB this afternoon and is in the hospital with a shattered scapula, a fractured clavicle, 4 broken ribs (one in 2 places) and 4 fractured spinous processes. She was flown off the ridge, which is good because it would have been a 2.5 mile carry, and even the 200 yards to the helicopter were were tough on her.
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    August 16th, 2014... rode on a new trail in Ringwood, NJ, too quickly and with bar ends - hooked the right one on a young tree and got ejected, but landed on my left leg (turns out it was a bad thing), then the speed that carried me spun me around causing a dislocation, and spiral fracture to my left ankle - all three bones broken.
    Obviously 10 minutes into my ride, lying on the trail and punching the ground in pain - all I knew is that I broke my ankle - the foot was pointing in the wrong direction and I vividly heard the breaking sound. All I had in my pack first aid wise was bandage and I was able to use it to make a splint, after that I've relied on riders who carried me to the fire road, and then a guy on a quad gave me a lift to the parking lot, from where I called 911. Nothing like that has ever happened to me, and I was amazed at how little pain I was experiencing after the initial break. Adrenaline is amazing in making the pain go away. When the pain hit me in the ER it was as though my leg was on fire - literally the whole foot, ankle area.

    The surgery was next day, got 15 screws and a plate to keep things together. The 2 months in bed, caused my left leg muscles to atrophy, but the biggest issue was the range of motion reduction. It was caused initially by 2 screws holding tibia and fibula together for stability, after they were removed rom improved, but wasn't there yet, took me 4-5 months of pt to start feeling like I'm walking normally.

    My 2015 riding season was unpleasant, while riding on a trainer - it wasn't much of a problem to pedal, but out on the trails, I was too cautious, and that made me fall. I forced myself to ride the trails - there was no passion. Only in 2016 do I feel confident to go over logs, and have the passion back to ride. I feel as though mentally I'm back and I'm now able to build the strength again. These days, I'm able to tell when the weather is going to change, thanks to my ankle, and my left one looks fatter thanks to the plate, but all seems to work fine.

    Any injury takes time to heal, and it also takes time to get over it in your head, the weird thing is that these two don't always coincide - so I think patience is the name of the game.

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    8-2-16; OTB wreck. Long story short, fractured C2 vertebra. Actually just got home from the hospital about an hour ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notso View Post
    8-2-16; OTB wreck. Long story short, fractured C2 vertebra. Actually just got home from the hospital about an hour ago.
    Dude!!

    All the best for recovery ^^

    C2!?

    Limbs still working?

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    Quote Originally Posted by targnik View Post
    Dude!!

    All the best for recovery ^^

    C2!?

    Limbs still working?

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    yes, C2. Yes everything still works. I started another thread with some more details.

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    8/20/2015: Concussion and separated shoulder - Road crash
    8/20/2016: I ummm, managed to bend all my fingers backwards to my wrist. Nothing broken, but my hand looks like someone inflated a latex glove and sewed it to my wrist. Anyone know how long the swelling will last? lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyZenNolan View Post
    8/20/2015: Concussion and separated shoulder - Road crash
    8/20/2016: I ummm, managed to bend all my fingers backwards to my wrist. Nothing broken, but my hand looks like someone inflated a latex glove and sewed it to my wrist. Anyone know how long the swelling will last? lol.
    depends on how much ice u applied I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifuge View Post
    depends on how much ice u applied I guess
    Inconsistent amounts of ice. I can still ride and hit jump lines, it's just ridiculously swollen and annoying now.
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