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  1. #101
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    Worst and only riding related injury was from when a car pulled out in front of me while training on the road.
    Seperated and shattered left collarbone. It wouldn't heal, so they removed it after 6 months.
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    I damaged a joint in the knuckle of my middle finger last fall and had to wear a brace for awhile, but it healed up so no surgery was needed. Know what did it? A thorn lol.

    Other than that, nothing worse than road rash and a nice gash across my face, which actually went over my eye (slicing my eyelid) without touching anything vital.

    Some of you guys have some pretty hardcore injuries though...
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    end of my first season mtb'ing (1998): endoed & shattered pelvis, broke wrist, tore rotator cuff (off the bike for 3 months)

    spring 2001: swan dived off a log stunt in Whistler, BC - compression fracture in vertebra C-6 (off the bike for 5 months)

    ouch.

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    bubble wrap!

    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    most serious had to getting hit head-on by a cab that pulled out over the double yellow to pass. 1 fractured skull and 2 broken arms. had a blood clot on my brain and ended up with double vision for a week. the headaches the double vision caused were so bad as to keep me in bed the whole time.

    most blood was when i went over the bars after clipping a jump with my front wheel when picking up for it in a bmx races. landed face first breaking my nose, 2 front teeth and biting my tongue off almost drowning in my own blood on the way to hospital.

    hyper-extended knee was the most rehab. broken tibia, ACL removed, torn pletela tedon and menecus. two surgeries and 8 months of rehab later, back on the bike.

    full list of injuries includes, 6 broken arms, a broken collar bone, broken femur, broken hip, broken tibia, 2 skull fracture
    have you every considered wrapping youiself in bubble wrap for protection?!

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    Nothing major here as i have been lucky as a dog. But i did cause some problems for a kid once racing at the arenacross nationals. I was in 3rd place and the only spot i could catch the kid was by doing the dig double. 3rd lap and the time come for me to go for the pass. I hit the double and it shoots you up in the air about 30 feet and the landing was about 60 feet away. As I am in the air I was watching the poor kid and he suddenly disappears underneath me, I hurriedly looked on the otherside of my bike hopeing to see him come out from under me. No go. I left the bike at idle so I wouldn't chew him up so bad. I landed with my front wheel on his right collarbone/chest, my frame cased him in the lower back and my rear wheel was on the left side of his motorcycle. I landed totally crossed on top of him and smashed him between the 2 bikes. My front tire never even hit the ground and I was highsided off the bike landing on my left leg almost like stepping off the bike. Miracuously the kid stood back up and I could tell he was tore up, his right shoulder was about 6 inches lower than the left one. I apologized to him as the medics were takeing care of him and all the skin was ripped off from the front of the chest, up over his shoulder and all the way down his back disappearing into his pants. Boy oh boy did his mother chew me a new one. I told her I knew what was gonna happen and to minimalize the damage I landed with no power to the rear wheel. It was an accident that just happens. I forgot to wear my kidney belt that race(only time ever) and spent the next 14hrs. curled up in the front seat of the van on the way home from Denver in pure agony. It wasn't my worst but definately the most damage that I was involved in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    most serious had to getting hit head-on by a cab that pulled out over the double yellow to pass. 1 fractured skull and 2 broken arms. had a blood clot on my brain and ended up with double vision for a week. the headaches the double vision caused were so bad as to keep me in bed the whole time.

    most blood was when i went over the bars after clipping a jump with my front wheel when picking up for it in a bmx races. landed face first breaking my nose, 2 front teeth and biting my tongue off almost drowning in my own blood on the way to hospital.

    hyper-extended knee was the most rehab. broken tibia, ACL removed, torn pletela tedon and menecus. two surgeries and 8 months of rehab later, back on the bike.

    full list of injuries includes, 6 broken arms, a broken collar bone, broken femur, broken hip, broken tibia, 2 skull fracture

    Good grief - broken femur and two skull fractures! I guess you are OK.

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    Grade 3 AC seperation left, torn what ever it's called in rt shoulder, broken wrist, broken femur, multiple broken/seperated ribs, multiple cuts scratches, gouges and bruses. Shoot,, I need to ease up. Don't heal as fast at 51 as at 16.
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    This thread is very discouraging. Like a train wreck you just cant look away. But all these injuries are telling me that on any given ride I could wake up at the bottom of a ditch in the woods all bloody and broken.

    Worst I've done is dislocated my arm at the sholder doing a superman over the bars after my front tire folded over in a hard turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    I think Chess is for you. One of those sets for kids with the big pieces that you can't choke on...
    dude same thing here. in gym class we were playing golf, i got hit in the face with a golf club, got an ambulance to the er from the school. then i had to get about 100 stitches to reattach everything back to my face.. and now the left side of my head is numb, doc says it will be numb for the rest of my life probably. haven't touched a golf club in 4 years haha.

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    i slapped my right knee on my handlebar twice in one season. bruised the crap out of my kneecap and related tissue lotta blood, lotta swelling, lotta pain. no ER though. just painful to ride or use stairs for about a month.

    i've been very very lucky. riding for 8 years now.

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    Ouch

    I took the girlfriend, who has been very cool about giving mt biking a try as she adores my passion for it, out for another ride yesterday. The trail was one that she has done a couple of times and has had fun. She has hypermobile/unstable shoulders already and took a fall about a month ago on the same trail and subluxed her R shoulder. Fast forward to yesterday. Out on the same relatively non-technical trail and she hits a soft sand spot on the flattest part of the trail and fall on her Left side. I heard a "pop" thinking it was her cleat clicking out right! After I tested her ankle stability, all looks ok, maybe just a bone bruise where she hit the groung with her ankle. A wierd pattern of swelling coaxes us to get some imaging, complete displaced oblique fx of the distal Fibula on the Right. The "pos" we heard was not her cleat, it was her bone breaking. Surgery scheduled for later this week.

    I was just getting her comfort level up on the bike to the point where she was liking mt biking and now she doesn't want to touch one again.
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    Torn Testicle.

    Yes. It hurt.
    No. It doesn't grow back.
    Yes. I have a prostetic.
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    after endoing in a downhill rock garden i got a compression fracture of c6 also. rodeon for2 1\2 hrs. went to see my g.f. at work drank a couple of beers. two days later while moving a fridge i couldn't stand upright. off the bike for 6 weeks. still won't dide that trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Torn Testicle.

    Yes. It hurt.
    No. It doesn't grow back.
    Yes. I have a prostetic.


    and we have a winner folks!!
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    if anyone can top tearing a testicle i am quite interested in hearing it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Torn Testicle.

    Yes. It hurt.
    No. It doesn't grow back.
    Yes. I have a prostetic.
    winner winner, chicken dinner. How long did it take to heal?

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    Ummm, I had a couple of shin bites that left a scar or two

    If you have more than that, than "YOU" FU'd.! You can blame it on whatever, but in the end, you got in over your experience level, testosterone driven or not, and got caught. Kinda like driving down an "empty" road at 120+ just to see how fast it can go until a cop pulls you over.

    There is NO glory in hurting yourself, rather it is a sign of Macho stupidity and getting in over your head !! There is no such thing as an "accidental accident" in MB'ng. This is coming from a 52 yr old that's been rock climbing for 35 yrs at up to 5.13 and hardcore Mtn Bk'g for 20.

    This thread is no better than a bunch of Gang Bangers standing around telling there 'Bro's how many people they've shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onbelaydave
    If you have more than that, than "YOU" FU'd.! You can blame it on whatever, but in the end, you got in over your experience level, testosterone driven or not, and got caught. Kinda like driving down an "empty" road at 120+ just to see how fast it can go until a cop pulls you over.

    There is NO glory in hurting yourself, rather it is a sign of Macho stupidity and getting in over your head !! There is no such thing as an "accidental accident" in MB'ng. This is coming from a 52 yr old that's been rock climbing for 35 yrs at up to 5.13 and hardcore Mtn Bk'g for 20.

    This thread is no better than a bunch of Gang Bangers standing around telling there 'Bro's how many people they've shot.
    sometimes people get hurt whem they push themselves, in a race for instance. you dont know where your limit is unless you push it. i agree, there is nothing cool about injuring yourself, and i think it quite taboo to talk about injuries/crashes before or during a ride, but they can make for good stories and you can learn from the mistakes of others. lets face it, if we never pushed ourselves to the next level, most would still be pedaling around on training wheels afraid to scrape a knee.

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    This was pretty painful...

    I don't remeber the details of how/why, but here it goes..

    On December 2, 2005 I was riding back to my apartment late at night following some heavy beer drinking and pump-track racing. Something happened around 10:30pm and couple saw me lying by the side of the road at about 12am. Unresponsive, I was taken by ambulance to the hospital with massive, life-threatening internal bleeding. Then I was in ICU for a week with a severly lacerated liver, numerous broken ribs, a herniated stomach, a broken tooth, and a lot of internal bleeding. I don't know what happened, doctors think it was a hit and run. Had it not been cold and snowing that night and those people not found found me, I would have bled to death. Grand total: 12 metal coils that now hold my liver together, a really fun root canal, $100k in medical bills, severe acid reflux, a semi-cool story (girls love near death stuff), and the ability to ride again. I'm not sure which was worse the 2 weeks in the hospital or the 6 weeks of no riding. The accident changed my life in a very positive way. I decided to quit binge drinking, move from the front range to the western slope, and spend as much possible time on my bike as possible from now on. Gotta keep on keepin on, lifes a garden, DIG IT!

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    Wow..

    Quote Originally Posted by ferday
    hmmm...
    2 knee reconstruction surgery, 1 shoulder reconstruction surgery, 1 broken elbow, 1 broken forearm, multiple broken ribs, and a concussion or 2, all in 10 years of riding.

    the worst so far is the shoulder, hardest to come back from.
    I just recovered from my worst, a tangle with a couple trees resultsing in bruised left ribs and collapsed lung. Of course then I had to go right back and break a right rib.... just to even things out.

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    Let's see...dislocated both shoulders (different times), sprained wrists and ankles numerous times, lots of skin taken off, and now am recovering from a broken tibia/fibula from when a truck hit me.

    Riding is still fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    spring 2001: swan dived off a log stunt in Whistler, BC - compression fracture in vertebra C-6 (off the bike for 5 months)

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    5 months? I hadn't realized that fall caused you that much trouble! When I compressed my L-1 just over 2 years ago I was off the bike for 2 months, riding road only for a month or so after that, then gradually got into easy XC trails. I was riding Whizzler bike park again about 4 1/2 or 5 months after the injury! (although a bit more cautious on the bike then before)

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    onbelaydave: You're wrong. Equipment failures, adverse trail conditions, there are so many things that can contribute to a crash. Its not always trying to "push the envelope" or being stupid.

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    I think he was born around the time of the Chernobyl fallout which would explain a lot.

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    Broken arm, broken colarbone, broken ribs, cut over left eye that took 10 stitches, never had any road rash

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    Quote Originally Posted by russman
    winner winner, chicken dinner. How long did it take to heal?
    Actually, I know of two other guys who have had the same thing, or close to it. One still has both of his guys.

    After surgery, I was up and on the bike in about two weeks.
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    Separated shoulder, broken ribs, concussion. Nice knee laceration that the doctor looked at with a needle in his hand, shook his head, put away the needle, and got out some tape and medical glue. Oh, and a really nice scar on my calf with an arc of about 12 teeth of a chain ring. Went away after a year, though.

    Unrelated, but includes a strange incident with a handlebar: I worked at a trauma center for a couple years in college. Saw a guy helicoptered in after an ATV accident. He had a handlebar impaled through his thigh. They had to hack the handlebar off below the stem to separate him from the bike and transport him. Strangest X-ray I've ever seen--and that includes images of some of the interesting things people have been known to insert in their various cavities.
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    One of my buddies tore he urethra when he crashed and hit his top tube. He had to be medivac'd to Honolulu. He thought he pee'd himself on impact (?), but turns out that it was blood. Lots and lots of blood.

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    Went over the bars 3 years ago, fractured C 4-7 and T 6 (and my helmet). Haven't ridden(or walked) since. Still like to come here for the stories and photos tho.

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    onbelaydave, you are pure chode, as well as the only person in this thread actually bragging. There are SO many things out of your control, yet you are taking full credit for the cards always coming out in your favor, and then spewing it in a thread about injuries, some serious. Risk, even perfectly managed, is still risk, and when i try to imagine riding Gold Creek without taking a single risk, all I can picture is hiking.

    canine, whoa, damn sorry.

    I went over my bars once landed on my chin, lost about 5 teeth, broke my jaw, and fractured my damn head. broke two helmets on other occasions and well, bleed plenty in some of our nations most beautiful areas.
    OTB i have had a some more head injury (double vision, then some pretty killer depression) and a very poorly repaired femur.

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    Thought about responding and decided not....

    Quote Originally Posted by pontoon

    "I went over my bars once landed on my chin, lost about 5 teeth, broke my jaw, and fractured my damn head. broke two helmets on other occasions and well, bleed plenty in some of our nations most beautiful areas.
    OTB i have had a some more head injury (double vision, then some pretty killer depression) and a very poorly repaired femur."
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    Quote Originally Posted by pontoon
    "Onbelaydave, you are pure chode, as well as the only person in this thread actually bragging.


    Reminds me of talking to my son, who is your age.
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    [QUOTE=

    There is NO glory in hurting yourself, rather it is a sign of Macho stupidity and getting in over your head !! There is no such thing as an "accidental accident" in MB'ng. This is coming from a 52 yr old that's been rock climbing for 35 yrs at up to 5.13 and hardcore Mtn Bk'g for 20.

    This thread is no better than a bunch of Gang Bangers standing around telling there 'Bro's how many people they've shot. [/QUOTE]

    You're an idiot! I guess it wasn't trail sabotage contributed to my herniated disc and me missing out on riding for over two months now! Must have been the "macho stupidity" that I had when I went over a tree that was accross the trail and someone had placed a log on the back side out of view. (it was in an area where hikers don't like bikers) I went over the bars and herniated disc. I had to ride out with it and it was pure pain.

    Also, I guess when people get hit by a car that is pure macho stupidity too! What about the time I ran over a racoon? I didn't crash but could have. I guess I was riding within my ability then! Do us a favor and not post here anymore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB_TDI
    Your a idiot! I guess it wasn't trail sabotage contributed to my herniated disc and me missing out on riding for over two months now! Must have been the "macho stupidity" that I had when I went over a tree that was accross the trail and someone had placed a log on the back side out of view. (it was in an area where hikers don't like bikers) I went over the bars and herniated disc. I had to ride out with it and it was pure pain.

    Also, I guess when people get hit by a car that is pure macho stupidity too! What about the time I ran over a racoon? I didn't crash but could have. I guess I was riding within my ability then! Do us a favor and not post here anymore!
    Well to add a conclusion I'd have to say you dont pay attention, you get hurt. A fact that hit home with me after I dislocated my pinky riding in wet haze today, I got unfocoused and went down accordingly

    So stay focoused! Stay alert!

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    14 years and my worst injury would be a slighlty cracked rib. 2 years ago.

    Subluxation of the shoulder on several occasions MTBing and Skiing. It got bad enought that it would pop out of the socket if I lifted a gallon of milk the wrong way, but then I went to a PT, now I do strengthening excersises and it hasn't happened in a long enough time that I can't remember the last time.

    Other then some nasty brusies, thats it is.
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    Broke my left arm almost 2 months ago. Cast came off 2 weeks ago and I can barely rotate my forearm maybe a quarter way. Whole summer ruined! Wonder if I'll ever get my forearm to rotate fully...
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    This thread is very discouraging. Like a train wreck you just cant look away. But all these injuries are telling me that on any given ride I could wake up at the bottom of a ditch in the woods all bloody and broken.
    Word. My worst was a bronco (over the handlebars) on a jump, that resulted in a broken helmet and a sprained neck. Could have been a Christopher Reeve if I didn't say 'fukc it', and try to do an impossible front wheel stand when I touched down, which rotated me over enough to enable a roll on the landing.

    Now I chickien out before trying things I'm sure I could clear. It takes a lot of the fun out of the sport, but is better than adding a chapter of my own to this thread. In reality, I should chicken out more often than I actually do.

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    I am not going to call anyone names or anything like that. But If you don't like reading certain threads, much like the trail you are on, you can always find another trail. Nobody is forcing you to read these posts. Being your age you should know that nobody can make you do what you don't want to do, or read for that matter.
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    I am not going to call anyone names or anything like that. But If you don't like reading certain threads, much like the trail you are on, you can always find another trail. Nobody is forcing you to read these posts. Being your age you should know that nobody can make you do what you don't want to do, or read for that matter.
    I'm not sure if your post was aimed at me or not. If it was, then you missed my point.

    I think this is an extremely useful thread. It reminds all of us that we can go from a cherry to a basket case in the blink of an eye. No one who posted on this thread crashed intentionally, but sh!t happens no matter how good you are. (Or think you are.)

    At a recent MTB festival, heard an eye witness account about an accident involving a very accomplished rider. This rider did a face plant during a race, and although conscious, had grey matter coming out of his nostril. (The accident didn't happen at the festival, fortunately.) No matter how accomplished you are, there are inherent risks associated with this sport. And being aware of them might save someone from becoming a statistic.

    So let's keep the gruesome details coming.
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    My first MTB related injury came when I first subscribed to a MTB'ing magazine - as I was licking the envelope shut, I got a paper cut on my tongue - Jeez that hurt like a real B@ST@&D!!!

    Since then, the worst injury would be a tie between:
    - a fractured and dislocated left shoulder (I fell off a see-saw that "see'd" but didn't "saw" (bloody thing got stuck in an upright position and I plummeted to the ground hands outstretched)
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    - fracturing a a couple of ribs both, at the front (site of impact with a pointy boulder after endo'ing) AND at the rear - an inch out from the verterbae (secondary stress fracture due to the compression)

    Oh well, onwards and upwards from here!

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    Wow that guys not happy pappy! Broken arms,legs,back,neck,collarbones,wrists ribs. Most fingers,6 or 7 knee surguries,punctured lung. I live on advill, but I made the choices, and although it would , oh yeah torn bicep, rotator cuff be nice for my parts to work better they don't and at almost fifty I'm smart enough to know you don't talk these kind of people out of what they do. They couldn't stop if they want to. Live Large!

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    No not you MtnMasher. It was to Dave who was saying something about Gangbangers and to much testosterone and talking to his kid.
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    Broken neck!

    No really. The wacky part is that is was on a really slow poke spot on Amassa Back in April. I'm still not really sure what happened but the bike and I rotated, er SNAPPED over and I landed square on my helmet that worked. I got up with some help from friends and walked out the rest of the trail.

    I subluxated (dislocated) c7 and t1 and put a small fracture in the t1. The docs fused c5 through t2 in April but the bones grew together too quickly which caused a couple of the upper screws to migrate a bit and my neck was basically jacked forward so 2 weeks ago Monday they had to redo the hardware but I'm all good now after 12 hours of surgery! Now I'm fused front and back on c4, c5 and c6.

    Pic is the after the screws moved and jacked the curve in my cervical spine the wrong direction. Nifty huh?

    I sure hope Jewell is doing ok to, I think I made out better without the halo but with a couple of surgeries. Or maybe not...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountaingirl1961
    Am currently rehabbing from a bad shoulder dislocation from a trip OTB.
    You too? It seems like shoulders just don't want to heal.
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    These are some scary stories...

    I took my training wheels off in 1970 and have been extremely fortunate and blessed to have survived 36 years of all kinds of riding without suffering any horrific injuries. There are numerous scars on my legs, I've dislocateed fingers, tore the tendons in my right thumb, and my left knee is still recovering from a crash that happened three weeks ago but I managed to rode 20 miles today (3/4 of my daily ride) so I think I am on the mend with this.

    Martial arts, hockey, and skiiing have contributed to far more injuries than biking has... I've dislocated both shoulders, both knees, broken or dislocated almost all my toes, cracked a few ribs and aside from a left shoulder that has some reduced range of motion and a right knee that has minimal feeling (nerve damage), the old body is holding up well.
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    Well the worst one was the bail from last summer....the result a sprained back...that hurt and one year laster just healing fully.Other then that there was the funny ouchy.....I fell forward on a huge steep and hit my pelvic bone and then went up the chair again and did the same thing a second time and ended up with a huge swoolen pelvic "area" lets say that brused and that took six months for the lump to go away fully.So far this year just a few brusies. Let keep it that way
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    Hope Hmmm...where to start

    Quote Originally Posted by smalbikpro
    Who has the worst injury out there? i've heard some pretty nasty stories.. I almost drowned once (no broken bones or anything), the day i got my clipless pedals i went out riding and fell down in a little creek about 6 inches deep and couldn't get out. thank god my friend was riding with my and was able to get me out of there.
    I'll start with my vert/freestyle days...before those sissy resi-ramps and foam pits:

    Here's the broke stuff:
    6 broken noses (got to the point where my eyes would barely blacken any more)

    4 concussions.....I think

    3 broken toes (big toes are the worse!)

    2 bad rotator cuffs

    1 elbow hyper-extends everyonce in a while

    1 undiagnosed (for 10 years) shoulder separation

    Major dental issues with cracked teeth that have aged (i'm 35 now) which are starting to require caps...i'm at 9 or 10 crowns now.

    Here's the stupid suff:
    front chainring tooth through the nailbed of my index finger...scraped around the bone..out the other side (kids...don't spin the cranks backwards with your fingers!)

    while "surfing" (one foot on handlebar, one on seat) fell down and landed on my right hand..on top of the brake caliper. the caliper arm where the cable was secured sent through the fat part of my hand and out the top...took a few seconds to figure out why the bike was stuck to me when I tried to get up..

    fell down while doing a quick spin, handlebar into the gut...bruised some internal organs, peed blood for a day.

    Hung up on the coping during a show and cut my hackysak on the stem...bled for hours.

    shins look like a bad bondo job on a rusted pickup

    On the mountain bike:

    3 broken ribs

    bruised hip (got knocked off the bike at about 20 mph from the hip...took me 5 min. to regain my breath)

    I'm much more cautious on the MTB these days...got 2 kids and 1 on the way. HOWEVER, I just finished building an urban/FR/DJ hardtail....Here we go again....


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    It was preventable.

    But hindsight is always 20/20, right?

    I split the end of my left ulna during a night ride about seven years ago. I'll post the x-ray if I can find it, but the crack extended back about one inch from the point where it meets the long bone meets the small wrist bones. My wrist swelled to a size larger than a tennis ball, and I was in a cast for eight weeks. Luckily, the break did not separate, so no pins, screws, or other items of this nature were necessary to fix it.

    That is what I get for riding at night with an insufficient light. This incident prompted me to purchase my first adequate lighting system, and its money well spent if it prevents a repeat performance.

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    Hey broken ribs guys

    Hey how long did the broken ribs keep you guys off the bike? I think I cracked a couple last weekend.

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    That's another story

    Quote Originally Posted by cvillerider
    Hey how long did the broken ribs keep you guys off the bike? I think I cracked a couple last weekend.
    Went to see my Dr after having to ride out an hour with 3 broken ribs and he basically gave me a hug, feeling the ribs one at a time...found the broke ones, X-Rayed them, etc.

    Said there's really not much to do for it and that wrapping them might actually hurt more then not. So, I said "When can I start riding again", to which he replied "Right now, if you want. Just fall on the other side". yuk yuk yuk.

    Seriously, it was about 3 weeks before a good laugh or fart or cough didn't hurt like a bastard. I think I was back on the bike in about a month.

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    Broken ribs are way over rated. I have had plenty of broken ribs and don't even count them as an injury. So you can't breathe deeply thats about it. You could ride your bike anytime. If you fell off and broke them did you walk out or did you get back on and ride? There is your answer about 30 seconds off the bike and you can ride again. I have broken one finger 3 times in a short amount of time and just taped it to the next one and kept racing MX ( did 3 more motos'). I broke my hand twice and never missed a beat on anything. It was swollen 3 times its size and it never stopped me from doing anything even finishing concrete. Sure it is painful. I guess the question is how long before you quit whinning about your injury before you get back to what you love doing. Guess it comes down to how much of a wimp ya are. I am not taking cheap shots at anyone just stating that unless something is snapped like a leg or arm, it is nothing to loose saddle time over if you a hardcore enthusiast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EscourtU
    Broken ribs are way over rated. I have had plenty of broken ribs and don't even count them as an injury. So you can't breathe deeply thats about it. You could ride your bike anytime. If you fell off and broke them did you walk out or did you get back on and ride? There is your answer about 30 seconds off the bike and you can ride again. I have broken one finger 3 times in a short amount of time and just taped it to the next one and kept racing MX ( did 3 more motos'). I broke my hand twice and never missed a beat on anything. It was swollen 3 times its size and it never stopped me from doing anything even finishing concrete. Sure it is painful. I guess the question is how long before you quit whinning about your injury before you get back to what you love doing. Guess it comes down to how much of a wimp ya are. I am not taking cheap shots at anyone just stating that unless something is snapped like a leg or arm, it is nothing to loose saddle time over if you a hardcore enthusiast.



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    No not you MtnMasher. It was to Dave who was saying something about Gangbangers and to much testosterone and talking to his kid.
    I agree with you, completley!

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    Do I need to say more ?? (About bragging) ??

    Quote Originally Posted by mcseforsale
    Here's the broke stuff:
    6 broken noses (got to the point where my eyes would barely blacken any more)

    4 concussions.....I think

    3 broken toes (big toes are the worse!)

    2 bad rotator cuffs

    1 elbow hyper-extends everyonce in a while

    1 undiagnosed (for 10 years) shoulder separation

    Major dental issues with cracked teeth that have aged (i'm 35 now) which are starting to require caps...i'm at 9 or 10 crowns now.

    Here's the stupid suff:
    front chainring tooth through the nailbed of my index finger...scraped around the bone..out the other side (kids...don't spin the cranks backwards with your fingers!)

    while "surfing" (one foot on handlebar, one on seat) fell down and landed on my right hand..on top of the brake caliper. the caliper arm where the cable was secured sent through the fat part of my hand and out the top...took a few seconds to figure out why the bike was stuck to me when I tried to get up..

    fell down while doing a quick spin, handlebar into the gut...bruised some internal organs, peed blood for a day.

    Hung up on the coping during a show and cut my hackysak on the stem...bled for hours.

    shins look like a bad bondo job on a rusted pickup

    On the mountain bike:

    3 broken ribs

    bruised hip (got knocked off the bike at about 20 mph from the hip...took me 5 min. to regain my breath)

    I'm much more cautious on the MTB these days...got 2 kids and 1 on the way. HOWEVER, I just finished building an urban/FR/DJ hardtail....Here we go again....


    AJ

    As I said, and so many have provided proof. "Who's "bragging" ?? I'm glad you all have insurance to cover your rehab. I don't, I'm self employed and can't even afford a $10,000 deductable policy at my age.
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    10 years and many trees later this is the worst


    thumbing my way1.jpg

    Broken thumb as my first post hope im not bragging but...
    ive been riding harder and more often than ever this year. I've never loved riding more and now this...
    what do you guys do with yourself while healing?
    i think i may go nuts...maybe only after the percocet runs out
    Ironicly, not that it would have prevented this injury, I just ordered armour today! will get it tuesday
    certainly if i had forearm pads i may have been more willing to use those rather than my hand and thumb but thats just speculation who knows?
    also i just cant get the sound of the POP! my bone made when it broke out of my head...

    ok i think thats enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by EscourtU
    Broken ribs are way over rated. I have had plenty of broken ribs and don't even count them as an injury. So you can't breathe deeply thats about it. You could ride your bike anytime. If you fell off and broke them did you walk out or did you get back on and ride? There is your answer about 30 seconds off the bike and you can ride again.
    When you least expect it, expect it...

    - Was coming down a hill 4 years ago and a bee flew into my right ear and bit me. All happened in less than a second. Instinctively, I reached up to swat at the bee in my ear and lost control of the bike. Landed on my left rib cage on the bar and broke 3 ribs. The inside of my ear was swollen for a couple of days. Ribs were tender for months. I was on the bike again the next day, but was careful to ride with my upper body as relaxed as possible and not pull on the handlebars with that side of the body while climbing for the first few weeks. Sleeping in bed at night was pretty uncomfortable for months. But 6 months to a year later - all was well.

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    I got this funky frame yesterday and threw parts on it last night. Ever get the feeling that your worst injury is ABOUT to happen? I will reply in a couple of days If I can still move my limbs.
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    Roll call on your most serious injury...

    What happened(pictures please)?

    What broke?

    How long were you out? Are you back riding yet?

    How's your riding now? Any long-term effects?

    How much did it cost you?

    How's the bike?

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    Broken wrist at Downieville

    In '97.

    Finished the downhill several hours later with just my right arm/rear brake.

    It hurt real fockin' bad.

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    Downieville here too. Broken arm. Preriding the course for the DH race. I had trained for this specific race for months. My riding partner - with whom I was at a similar level - took a first....

    I hiked up with a duct-taped, stick splint The look on the other course preriders as they went past me... priceless. I was the omen of doom

    I am hoping this week I am coming back. 8 weeks is torture.

    ALL of my broken bones injuries happen while JRA. (but after some intense workout) I let the mind slip and - BAM!

    Thank you for MTBR as being a crack...er... MTB-head these forums have really gottem me through - with the help of a little upgraditis of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canine
    Went over the bars 3 years ago, fractured C 4-7 and T 6 (and my helmet). Haven't ridden(or walked) since. Still like to come here for the stories and photos tho.
    This is the kind of injury that really scares me. All the injuries I've had have healed and left me with scars, but basically unchanged. Pain sucks but you forget it when it goes away. Nice the way our brain works. But to end up with a permanent physical limitation from a mtb wreck would really suck.

    I just saw a rig like this in a mag

    Going too fast and wrecking over and over is easy. Getting back on the trail when your legs don't work, now that takes real guts.

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    revised thread

    Can we change this thread to worst D-ville crash/injury? The Downhill has claimed many victims.

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    What happened(pictures please)?
    Loss control of the bike coming down a hill and went OTB.

    What broke?
    Cracked L shoulder blade, 2-3 degree separated L shoulder

    How long were you out? Are you back riding yet?
    6-7 weeks and yes, I'm back riding again.

    How's your riding now? Any long-term effects?
    Still riding the same way, maybe a bit faster. I'm scared of loose rocky downhills now. It's in my head. The shoulder is still sore and I can't bring my arm up high behind my head.

    How much did it cost you?
    About $500 with out of pocket expenses for ER, Doc visits, and Physical Therapy.

    How's the bike?
    Taco'ed the front wheel and broke my helmet.

    BTW, glad to see you're back Francois. The photo was taken the night it happend.
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    Hit by truck while riding mtb on the street.

    Broken helmet, concussion, separated shoulder, roadrash.

    Out for eight weeks, but rode immediately after that.

    My head is still a bit jumbled and I have a funny bone spur in the shoulder.

    It cost me nothing because I was on the clock and Workers Comp covered it.

    The bike needed new handlebar, seat, pedal, and grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Punk
    Can we change this thread to worst D-ville crash/injury? The Downhill has claimed many victims.
    You can just start a new thread.
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    Was "supposed" to be an easy SS ride. I "thought" I was taking the easy "safe" line down a hill. Unknown to me heavy rain had made a nice smooth drop into a 3' vertical. Not a problem on a geared suspension bike when you know its coming, something else on a SS and catching you by suprise. 8' out and 8' down I landed on rocks, 3rd degree seperation on the right shoulder, taco'd front wheel, other minor damage. 2 weeks to the day I was back out riding, couldn't bunnyhop and big hits hurt like heck, but I had a grin because I was riding!
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    60 km/h into a 25' double over a creek, had jumped successfuly twice already. washed front tire before the double, header into the creek. 3rd degree separation of the AC joint, my third one in as many years so in for surgery i go. thankfully no cost, i love canada sometimes! bike was ok scratched but rideable, still my DH rig.

    1 year later, back on the bike. no more big drops and jumps, shoulder is not (and likely never will be) the same. just don't have the strenght (mental or physical!). oh well, now i have an excuse to train for SS racing and i've gotten some serious vertical in epic rides this year...

    this is my 3rd season ending injury (previously broken elbow and other AC separation) but first time i had to miss an entire season of riding (surgery in february, back on bike in september which is end of season up here)
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    Internal bleeding

    My most life threatening injury was a ruptured spleen. "i was just riding around..."

    There was a small 2 foot drop with a one foot transition landing in front of my college apartment. I did the little hit often. One time while fooling around I came down heavy on the front wheel and the tube pinch-flated and i can down hard on the pavement. My elbow or the handlebars got me right in the spleen.

    I felt like the wind got knocked out of me, but the feeling wouldn't go away, and I got pale and started to black out. Luckily my GF took me to the ER or I would have internally bleed to death on my couch.

    I was in the ICU for 5 days and had a catheter (horrible experience!).

    Usually they have to operate and take spleens out when the rupture because they won't stop bleeding on their own. Luck for me, I am/was a mountain biker in great physical shape. The doc said being in excellent shape helped my body recover on its own and I still have my spleen to this day!

    it probably took me 2 months to recover. I lost like 2 liters of blood & was very feeble for a while. All in all, it wasn't THAT painful. The catheter hurt worse.


    I've also dislocated both shoulders. Not at the same time thankfully. And for all you guys with shoulder separations: TAKE CARE OF YOUR SHOULDERS!! - if you don't do the rehab it will only get worse. I know!

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    There were several "worst injury" threads so I merged them and made the resulting thread a sticky.

    Quote Originally Posted by canine
    Went over the bars 3 years ago, fractured C 4-7 and T 6 (and my helmet). Haven't ridden(or walked) since. Still like to come here for the stories and photos tho.
    Sorry, canine, that's a bad one, but I'm glad you're still part of the community. I'd like to hear the details of the crash and your recovery if you don't mind. Seems like there are a lot of back injuries, myself included:

    What happened(pictures please)?
    In March of 2000, I was riding an easy singletrack (flat, nontechnical, dry) the day after a windy storm. The end of my bar caught a downed tree that was covered with foliage. After the crash, I had to hike out and wave down a motorist to help me get my bike in my truck so I could drive to the hospital (funny how a broken collar bone limits how much you can do with your good arm). I must have looked like Buffalo Bob b/c every car that went by had a lone woman in the car who would stop for a moment and then pull away after I told them my story. Finally, the fourth car stopped (after about 30 minutes). Another woman was by herself so I figured she'd drive away, too, as she looked very apprehensive. She had two big black labs with her and I told that she could let her dogs out to watch me and I'd stand a good ways away from her until she had my bike in my truck and was back in her car. Thankfully, she agreed and I was able to drive the half hour to the ER.

    What broke?
    Shattered clavicle (four main piecies w/ lots of little bits), dislocated ribs and rotated vertebra...and a broken helmet, but no head injury. Could have been worse!


    How long were you out? Are you back riding yet?

    Off bike for twelve weeks but doc let me ride stationary bike. Had my best racing season that year.

    How's your riding now? Any long-term effects?

    No problems riding. Didn't really affect me even when I first got back on the bike. I had to see the chiropractor for a bit to reset my ribs and fix my spine. Since that couldn't be done while my clavicle was healing, it took awhile b/c my muscles got used to the position of my ribs being out and spine being twisted (my ribs kept popping out and vertebra kept rotating). Dealing w/ the spasms from that was worse than the broken collar bone.

    How much did it cost you?

    Nothing, thankfully. Military paid for it all.

    How's the bike?

    100% after the crash. Sold it the same year I wrecked so I don't know how it is now.
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    Broke my Clavical, and my Scapula and bruised my acetabulum (aka my hip socked,)But I still rode back home 4miles . Then I had to have my Hip replaced 3 year's later .
    But the worst part of the crash was, It happen at the very end of the trail .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Punk
    Can we change this thread to worst D-ville crash/injury? The Downhill has claimed many victims.
    Yeah me as well. Within the first half mile of singltrack, I went down and broke my right hand. Which meant no rear brakes or hits of any kind. Whiiiiiiiich.... meant riding back up and down the highway to meet up with the group for pizza.

    Fortunately, they had just gotten there, and had a pitcher of Sierra waiting for me.


    My hand is fine now, actually, it was pretty much fine after about a week and a half. Only lasting thing, when a make a loose fist, my right pinky finger bends about 45 degrees in, crossing my ringfinger. Kinda wierd, but kinda cool to show off.

    Almost as cool as the bone lump that used to be my right colarbone. Note to future riders.... (I was young....) When you are on a ride and it gets hot, don't take off your sweatshirt and stuff it in your waterbottle cage just before a quick and rough downhill section. (I still don't remember most of that day.)

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    Ouch

    First wreck on road bike. Downhill 25-30 mph, front wheel came off{jsut got it out of shop and they forgot to tighten it and i did as well} flipped on front forks snapped in half so instead of riding on my wheel decided it woul dbe good to ride about 25 feet on my face {first time not wearing a helmet} ripped right ear off of head tore all skin from right side of face...plastic surgery 14 month recovery...cant tell today...

    yesterday mt. biking fo rthe fourth time pedal strap broke on a down hill left turn...cracked 4 ribs...

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    bicycletech

    the worst crash i ever had was two months ago, i broke six ribs,(combo of both sides) a fractured scapula,(shoulder blade) in three places and was in a coma for four days. i am still out of work and i haven't ridden since crash.

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    On Sept. 3rd, I managed to fall off a log bridge about 6 to 8 feet onto some sharp rocks. The bridge has logs running lengthwise. My front wheel slipped on the curved surface of one of the logs causing me to veer left and over the side of the bridge.

    I landed squarely on a sharp rock, just below the knee, causing a "tibial plateau fracture" in two places. Luckily, I think, the bones weren't displaced enough to where I needed any hardware, at least not yet. I'm in a full length cast now. No weight bearing for 2 months, and no work (my kind) for 4 months.

    I'm having second thoughts about mountain biking at this point. It's just too risky, considering my line of work where I have to be 100%. I can't afford to be off work for 4 months, plus I'm bored as hell!

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    Don't write off MTBing all together. Just know your limits. Stay off of risky logs & jumps.

    "Its not wrong for a man to have limitations. Its wrong for a man not to know his limitations."

    I'm sure most MTB dads out there can attest to decreasing their risk & still having fun.

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    Separated my right shoulder going otb. Tweaked my left shoulder on a botched landing so bad I thought it was broken (nauseous and dizzy afterwards but it was fine). Tweaked my right ankle pretty bad overshooting a landing to flat. Slammed my wrists multiple times, the worst requiring me to wear a brace for a week. Lots of skin lost, some deep gouges, etc.

    Worst one? Truck hit me in April, broke my tibia and fibula, messed up my ankle and my knee as well. Now have a ti rod from knee to ankle and sometimes some real good knee pain.

    The other night, I landed a drop wrong and pile-drived my right shoulder into the ground...also ended up with a nasty bruise on my leg that made me limp for the last two days.

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    Second ride out...was still learning that one shouldn't use the front brake on descents, but that the back brake is a good thing...

    Going too fast, hit a boulder, OTB into the rock with my head and face. Thank God I was wearing a helmet. Unfortunately, I lost 3 front teeth out of the deal. So, that made me a full-face convert. Lots of scrapes and OTB's since then, but now I have armor!

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    Oh, and I almost forgot, thank God for good dentists and insurance!

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    The worst injury I got was back in July, 2006 got a separated left shoulder on a slideout on a wet wooden bridge.

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    Never had a really "serious" injury from mtn. biking. I can remember though once when I was 8 or so I was coming downhill and didn't notice the sand at the bottom and...well, you can see where I'm going. Ended up with a nice huge scrape up my bicep and I think I almost broke my arm. And then a couple weeks ago at Pontiac Lake (for those of you in SE MI) I was coming downhill (again). Went up on a ledge, down off the ledge, front wheel started wobbling like hell and I couldn't control it. Slid across the gravel for about 5 feet and scraped up my entire left side, both knees, and broke my bike computer. It hurt to do much. Still have a nice scar on my side. Couple weeks after that I went back to Pontiac Lake and was coming downhill (yet again) and hit a rock, which caused me to hit a small tree, which, in turn, caused me to hit the ground. No gravel this time, different spot. No major damage, but my left ankle hurt for about a week. First thing I noticed when I got up was that my bike, previously facing down the hill (where I was going) was now facing up the hill. I'm oblivious to how that happened.

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    [QUOTE=Arqueous]{first time not wearing a helmet} ripped right ear off of head tore all skin from right side of face...plastic surgery 14 month recovery...cant tell today...[QUOTE]

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    Split open my head and dropped my brain on the floor once. No long lasting damage that I can *%$*^!!~@
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    Scariest injury was when I fell off a skinny, and piled headfirst into the ground, compressing my spine. I couldn't walk properly for a month or so, and had to have back Xrays. Basically laid up in bed for weeks, and hobbling round like an old man when I had to move...

    The potentially permanent injuries (spinal / head) are the worst as far as I'm concerned!!

    Also the usual DH injuries of fractured ribs, and legs being shredded by grubscrew pedals... nothing too serious there luckily

    I was also riding DH one day without goggles, and got hit in the eye without warning by a thin branch, thought I'd damaged my eye after the painful jab, but after coming to a stop, realised it had just ripped the contact lens out of my eye, probably saving me from PAINFUL scratches across the centre of the eye!!
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    Well my worst just happened about 4 months ago i was riding a paved trail and right off of it theres a ramp i would say about 6 feet vertical bmx dirt i hit it with my 21 year old bike(older than me) going about 25 and i overshot it by about 10 feet and when i landed my bike gave out (the spokes just crumpled) and i walked away with what i thought was a dislocated shoulder becasue i could move it front to back touching my chest and my shoudlerblade. but of coruse when my mom picks me up she tells me it has to be a broken collar bone. she was right 4 differnt places 2 floating bones and 4 months of healing. i was back on my bike in 2 months despite what my mom said.

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    goin for a small jump on my street,hit it, when I landed I landed behind the seat and I fell off of the bike, helmet hit the street corner knocked me out. I couldent remember anything, at least thats what my bro said.

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    I guess I am lucky....2 concussions.....a broken finger....and some big bruises from hip to knee
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBro
    I landed squarely on a sharp rock, just below the knee, causing a "tibial plateau fracture" in two places. Luckily, I think, the bones weren't displaced enough to where I needed any hardware, at least not yet. I'm in a full length cast now. No weight bearing for 2 months, and no work (my kind) for 4 months.

    I'm having second thoughts about mountain biking at this point. It's just too risky, considering my line of work where I have to be 100%. I can't afford to be off work for 4 months, plus I'm bored as hell!
    I feel your pain on the tibial plateau fracture, I am almost done with 12 weeks of no weight bearing from mine. 1 more week to go. You are very lucky that you didn't have to have surgery, they don't cast you so you really really want to walk. The downside of getting casted though is you can't ride a stationary bike. I have been able to ride for the last 7 weeks. I have a plate and 11 screws holding mine together. You may have to get surgery though to unlock the knee depending on how they casted it and how it healed.

    I did mine on a road bike when I got hit by another rider.

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    A lot of bumps, cuts, bruises, and blood but nothing serious.

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    My worst one was when I fliped over the handle bars and chiped my hip, that burned and the doctors couldnt do anything cause it was a small chip. They thought it was funny though when the poked it and I screamed. I almost lost my pinky finger when my finger got caught in the chain.
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    This was a few years ago right when I stopped riding. Just recently started up again and still riding my good ole trusty Trek, although I'm getting ready to buy a full suspension bike. I fist started riding back in 1988 or 87, and had a Diamondback, then rode alot in North Carolina when i was in the army. I used to never wear a helmet, stupid i know but hell i was indestructible, so I went riding back in 1998 with a friend in Santiago Canyon and he insisted I wore a helmet. I did and have not regretted it. Since I had no suspension I was flying down a fire road, caught a little air, and came down on a small rock that caused the front tire to wash out. I went over the handle bars and went head and shoulder first into a nice sized boulder. No head injury but spained the shoulder and broke 3 ribs. Painful but definantly taught me about helmets. If I hadn't had one I'd propbably be sucking my dinner through a straw.............

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    Wow, some impressive/scary stuff here! So this isn't my worst, but it photographed well. I called my husband from the Clinic in D-ville after impailing my knee on a stick coming down Butcher. What does he bring? Tequilla? Nope. Camera. Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Widgeontrail

    Gahhhh ---- I hate heights. This gave me the willies just watching even BEFORE anything happened.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Sliding 5 metres down the UNSW foot path...

    Worst injury I ever had was sliding down 5 metres, ejected off the bike...

    It aws in today arvo I went downhill from school to home down the UNSW, I fell off due to cornering. It was raining heavily today. The thing I was dumb about was that I fell twice in a row!

    The first one, I fell due to speed and over bent, I should have learnt a lesson at the first one... But I was so ridiculous, I fell a second time too just 10 metres off another turn!

    I hurt my back, and my arm, lucky I wore gloves and long sleves jacket... (Of course... I wore a helmet) Bruises all over my both legs, one fell from the right... The other turn the left...

    So for today, I learnt to NOT do cornering in wet weather, speed doesn't matter. I should be more careful next time...

    Just a few tips to beginer riders... Beware skids... The bad thing is that I scratch my handle grip. Lucky all parts are intact, including frame.

    Recovery tips if you don't mind? I got bruises over my arm and upper legs... Tried massaging it so far...

    PS: Precisely, my back wheel skided...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_s
    I feel your pain on the tibial plateau fracture, I am almost done with 12 weeks of no weight bearing from mine. 1 more week to go. You are very lucky that you didn't have to have surgery, they don't cast you so you really really want to walk. The downside of getting casted though is you can't ride a stationary bike. I have been able to ride for the last 7 weeks. I have a plate and 11 screws holding mine together. You may have to get surgery though to unlock the knee depending on how they casted it and how it healed.

    I did mine on a road bike when I got hit by another rider.
    I got my cast off, and I am riding a stationary bike with no resistance. My knee is messed up for sure. I can straighten it almost all the way, and was able to bend it to 114 degrees after a lot of warming up at PT. My tibia is indented a good 3/4" as compared to my other leg. My doc isn't saying much. He said he'll know if it needs surgery in 1 to 2 months. Damn docs are so busy you can't get a word in edgewise! I wish they would have done the surgery right off the bat. I guess he didn't because the fracture was "open", and he was worried about infection. I'm afraid I'll never be able to walk normally with the way my leg is now.

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    Worst injury, jammed wrist trying to negotiate with a curb.

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    ive fractured my collarbone and had 20 stitches in my leg and btw im 14 yrs old

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