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  1. #651
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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!
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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.
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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 !
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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
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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.

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    My biking injuries have been pretty minor. Assorted scrapes and bruises. A couple big hematomas. Worst was a grade 3 AC separation.

    My worst injury/ies came from a skiing accident. Went full tilt into a tree. Even wearing a helmet I was knock unconscious for approximately 10 minutes. The blunt force trauma ruptured my lung and I developed a tension hemopneumothorax (blood and air in the pleural space between the chest wall and lungs that if left unchecked will put enough pressure on the heart to cause it to stop). By the time I was transported to the ER the need for a chest tube was so urgent the trauma surgeon put it in without giving me any anesthesia. That is an experience I never want to have again.

    My injury tally for that crash was: 7 broken ribs, 6 fractured transverse processes, concussion, grade 2 AC separation (opposite shoulder from my bike related separation), collapsed/lacerated lung and I bit my tongue. I spent 6 days in the ICU and a week total in the hospital. My insurance run down says I used $3000.00 worth of Morphine.
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    torn rotator cuff years ago, and now i'm on borrowed time until i have to have a shoulder replacement...

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    I broke my jaw and knocked out two teeth going over the bars and smashing my chin into the concrete. Fork came apart and my hands stayed on the grips too long. The worst part was that it happened in front of my sons elementry school and lots of kids (including my ten year old son) saw me after the accident bleeding from my jaw. Usually the jaw breaks at the hinges (on the side by your ears) but mine broke under my chin because of the impact. I had to be wired shut for three weeks and eat everything with a straw. I now have two plates and seven screws in my chin. It has been just over a year and I still don't feel 100% yet. I have been riding weekly since the spring and even purchased Ray's season passes for my son and I to get us through winter. Not sure which injury was worse, totalling an F150 in a head on collision going 55mph, or this.

    Wow, that was hard to write. But somewhat cathartic.
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    Definetly NOT my most serious...

    Cleared the double just fine. Foot slipped dropping a 2ft. wall. On the upside, I don't have to sit in the ER!

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    This just happened 2 weeks ago.

    I went off a small jump and landed head (face) first. When I woke up, my buddy and some other riders were dragging me to the trail head... Ambulance sent me to the A&E and I later found out that I had seizures after I hit the ground. Tongue had split, corners of my mouth were swollen and torn. Two broken ribs but nothing major broke.

    I was worried about my spine because I had slight back spasms and needed help to sit up in the bed. They pretty much left me in the A&E section for 8 or so hours before moving me to a proper ward (no idea why).

    The operation took place the next day. Doctors had to stitch my tongue and the corners of my mouth. Stayed in the ICU for the next 4 days or so. Because my tongue was swollen, they had to stick a solid tube down into my windpipe or something (worse nights of my life). On the 2nd day, they decided to remove the ventilator bc I could breathe on my own but every now and then they had to suck the phlegm and saliva out of my mouth or I could risk pneumonia.

    I'm back home now but I'm still eating through a straw. Porridge, milk and other liquid foods. In hindsight, I shouldn't have attempted that jump as I had a near miss before, and the skate helmet I was wearing did not provide enough jaw protection...

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