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  1. #651
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by skyak View Post
    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.
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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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    I've had my share of lumps and bruises from road and mountain biking. Haven't seen too many serious injuries other than broken collar bones etc. myself.
    I also ride a sport bike, now there I've seen some stuff that sticks with me. Broken bones, people left disabled, and yes some people kill themselves on them machines. I have really slowed down and been a lot more cautious as I get older.
    Sorry I have no heinous injuries to share though, other than a few scrapes.

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    I broke both my arms in August on a somewhat mild xc ride my first day riding my AM bike after spending all summer at Whistler on the DH rig with no major incidents. Was pretty sad;/

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    This past winter I moved across the country to live in a place where the ski sport flourished. I got about 30 days in when I missed my landing, hit the ground too hard and blew my knee. Tore my ACL completely (graph'd tendon from behind my knee), MCL (was surgically repaired; most of the time this will be left to heal on it's own if the tear isn't that bad), both sides on my meniscus, and fractured a 30mm piece of cartilage off my knee somewhere.

    Had surgery 8 days later. It lasted ~4 hours. This happened a little over 7 months ago.

    I was on crutches for 9 weeks and took a large number of physical therapy sessions multiple times a week. I still can't run or really even jog and I still limp sometimes without realizing it. I started riding about 2 months ago and it has been the best therapy I've had.

    Cheers.

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Never give up.

    I'm a walking catastrophie- I used to be a gym rat & I started bodybuilding after my back injury.

    4 years ago broken back I was paralyzed for about 3 months it could be longer I dont remember too much about that accident-I was scared. I had no feeling from my waist down, I said to myself- self either get up or you'll die sitting in a wheelchair. I forced myself to get up and take charge I had help from a sports injury specialist at my gym, it took me 12 months before I could walk without a cane/crutches, 18 months and it was like a new lease on life, I have Pilates to thank for that.

    And last year, (all left arm) I tore up my left supraspinatus rotator cuff I have half of it left, suffered a labral tear (its one of those rare times it started to heal itself, 70% better than a year ago this time) my surgeon said I can't help you its healing, bicep tendon frays, arthritis & narrowing discs in my cervical spine. Deltoid, infraspinatus rotator cuff, tricep muscle damage and AC joint degeneration and I am still dealing with that nightmare. That and constant pain between a level 6 & 8 when Im not doing XC when I'm the Marlin its nearly nothing.

    BTW I am only 32 years old.

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    Just had my big crash this weekend. Got to stay in a Italian hospital overnight(not fun). 20+ stitches and a moderate concussion. OTB and my face broke my fall. Don't remember anything or how it happened.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doba View Post
    Just had my big crash this weekend. Got to stay in a Italian hospital overnight(not fun). 20+ stitches and a moderate concussion. OTB and my face broke my fall. Don't remember anything or how it happened.

    All you need is the caption "im looking for john connor"... Seriously though i hope you heal up with minimal scarring. Ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by podoco View Post
    All you need is the caption "im looking for john connor"... Seriously though i hope you heal up with minimal scarring. Ouch!
    "Prollyisnotprobably"

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    Stitches are out now. Going to have some scars from this one. I've had people believe me when I said I got messed up fighting a bear.

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    Hit by a car on my way to work. Ended up with broken heel bone, 6 weeks in a cast in a hottest summer I remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doba View Post
    Stitches are out now. Going to have some scars from this one. I've had people believe me when I said I got messed up fighting a bear.
    Glad to see you are recovering. Did you break any bones under their? I fell on my face back in July. Not so much broken skin on the outside but broke my cheakbone and upper jaw in 8 places and broke the 5th metacarpal in my left hand in two places. Ended up with 5 plates and 15 screws in my face. I had about 40 or something stitches total.

    Falling on your fave sucks, but you sure did get a good pictures. I wish I'd thought of the fight with the bear idea. I told everyone my girlfriend is abusive.
    I like to ride bikes.

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    Full Face helmets work . Just sayin , heal up dudes !

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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Full Face helmets work . Just sayin , heal up dudes !
    You know, they really do
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    After my crash I seriously considered getting a full face helmet. Then I got to thinking of the odds of landing on my face again. I got my first NORBA racing license in 1997. I've done at least 120 XC races since then. Mostly in rocky New England on technical trails. Not like the "technical" trails in the Bay Area like the one I seriously ate sh!t on. Anyway, I'd bet that I've gone on something like a couple thousand mountain bike rides in the last 20 years. I've had one bad crashed that resulted in multiple facial fractures. Now, I totally get annoyed with people who do something unsafe and justify it by saying that it's worked well so far. But I'm not saying I'm not going to where a helmet. I'm saying I don't think my style of riding warrants a full faced helmet because of a single 1 in 2,000 occurrence.

    And it if happens again I will most likely have to give up mountain biking. Not because of more facial fractures but because of the concussion that came along with it. I had a severe head injury when I was 12. Since then I've had 4 more blows to the head that resulted in some degree of concussion or traumatic brain injury. When a person has a concussion they are more prone to having a concussion from a lesser blow next time. Also you open yourself up to postconcussive syndrome. As far as I know a full face helmet offers no more brain protection than a normal helmet. The smooth shell of a full face helmet may limit the rotational force of an impact. Rotational force is one of the leading factors of concussions. Helmets are designed to protect your head from catastrophic injury like having your skull cave into your brain. They're not so great at protecting your brain from lesser injuries like TBI. I still have a lot learn about this so don't be surprised if you find things wrong with what I've written.

    I know many will say I should give up riding now and not risk it. For me this is not an option. Perhaps, if I had children I would, however I do not.
    I like to ride bikes.

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    No serious bike injuries, thankfully. I've had enough from other sports!

    I've torn both ACLs and one meniscus skiing. Over the summer I injured my shoulder kayaking. Broke the glenoid in my shoulder, its the cup part of the shoulder, basically the bone in the back of the socket. Tore the labrum at the same time. Happened whitewater kayaking. It was misdiagnosed and the fracture was missed on xrays the first time around. So then it dislocated 5 times in a week before I could get in to see a surgeon before I found out what really happened. Had surgery in August, and just finished did 3 months of physical therapy. I was given the ok to bike again about a month ago as long as I don't ride anything too technical, so I've been riding easy trails to get back in shape after several months of being very limited. Another month before there are no more restrictions.

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    Broken arm right below the elbow. Going on week4 now.

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    Sept 4 coming in two hot on the second set of doubles put my left leg down as I landed. Did not know I broke my leg until I tried to get up. Luckily there was an access road for one rider to go back and get his truck. The 4x4 ride down was excruciating with the movement of my bones crunching together. I developed a blood clot so the Dr's had to insert filter into vena cava to prevent the clot from killing me. Now I'm healing can't eat leafy greens and have to consume anti coagulant medication.

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    Back when i used to ride bmx on the street. A bunch of us would get together and just bomb hills. Well on this day some genius who didn't ride much with us. Decided it would be a good idea to transition from the street on to the side walk were I was on, right in front of me. So me being the gentle soul that I am instead of mowing him over i took a sharp left into a phone poll. Dislocated shoulder/Fractured wrist. Most serious on a bike aside from the occasional love tap from nyc taxi cabs and short dollar buses in jersey.
    Looking forward to earning and sharing my new non life threatening injuries on a mtn bike.
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    Nothing serious here. Worst I had flipping my bike down a hill when I was about 12. The chain grabbed and tore up my leg. Have a nice scar that resembles 3 perfect links of a chain.

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    Cuts on knee and shin. I haven't been biking long enough evidently.

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    Nothing from biking, fingers crossed. However...



    Negligent discharge from a 1911 sent a 230gr .45acp through my tibia... 2 years, a titanium rod and a few screws later and its all better now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otis24 View Post
    You know, they really do
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    After my crash I seriously considered getting a full face helmet. Then I got to thinking of the odds of landing on my face again. I got my first NORBA racing license in 1997. I've done at least 120 XC races since then. Mostly in rocky New England on technical trails. Not like the "technical" trails in the Bay Area like the one I seriously ate sh!t on. Anyway, I'd bet that I've gone on something like a couple thousand mountain bike rides in the last 20 years. I've had one bad crashed that resulted in multiple facial fractures. Now, I totally get annoyed with people who do something unsafe and justify it by saying that it's worked well so far. But I'm not saying I'm not going to where a helmet. I'm saying I don't think my style of riding warrants a full faced helmet because of a single 1 in 2,000 occurrence.

    And it if happens again I will most likely have to give up mountain biking. Not because of more facial fractures but because of the concussion that came along with it. I had a severe head injury when I was 12. Since then I've had 4 more blows to the head that resulted in some degree of concussion or traumatic brain injury. When a person has a concussion they are more prone to having a concussion from a lesser blow next time. Also you open yourself up to postconcussive syndrome. As far as I know a full face helmet offers no more brain protection than a normal helmet. The smooth shell of a full face helmet may limit the rotational force of an impact. Rotational force is one of the leading factors of concussions. Helmets are designed to protect your head from catastrophic injury like having your skull cave into your brain. They're not so great at protecting your brain from lesser injuries like TBI. I still have a lot learn about this so don't be surprised if you find things wrong with what I've written.

    I know many will say I should give up riding now and not risk it. For me this is not an option. Perhaps, if I had children I would, however I do not.
    I've had 2 diagnosed concussions and one the was almost diffidently a concussion, but I was 20 and invincible so I didn't seek medical assessment. Of all 3 head blows, the un-diagnosis was the worst, with the most symptoms of concussion and I wasn't wearing a helmet

    I'm due for a new helmet anyway so I asked my wife to put one of these in the budget for my birthday in April. The MIPS system seems like a pretty interesting move forward in helmet technology and is aimed at reducing TBI.

    Trabec Race MIPS - POC Sports - POC Sports
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