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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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    ^^^Whoa, that's rough! I feel for you man, eating through a straw sucks. Been there. I found that Carnation instant breakfast helped me keep my strength up and DintyMoore beef stew blended well and tasted great (if you are a meat and potato kind of person). Hope you feel better soon.

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    Thanks Reed. Hope you have a good recovery too. When I do get back out on the trails, I'm getting myself a full-face helmet.

    I'm now almost 2 months post accident (7 more days) and I've been able to eat solid foods like bread, rice, protein, veggies and ice cream. I would say my wounds are 99% healed (there's a red spot under my tongue that hurts a little but no biggie) so all is good.

    Recover well and ride safe!


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    Impressive thread. Great educational effects?

    I frequently crashed riding downhill but never seriously as I am quite a beginner and I always wear adequate protections (integral helmet etc.).

    I had a stupid crash recently going uphill with my singlespeed and I succeeded to break some ribs. Sneezing and laughing were like torture for about a month but nothing serious.

    But my most severe injuries by far occurred on flat asphalt:

    - in 1992, I was then young (19) and fit and I crashed into a car. Witnesses said they thought I was dead. A crank from by bike was found 20 meters away from the impact. No memories from the crash. No helmet. Serious concussion.

    - in 2011, much less young and supple, I crashed OTB while I stupidly tried to readjust my trouser strap going fast on my brand new Kona Dr Good (sic – I received it the same day…). The sound of my skull hitting the pavement still resonates… No helmet. Concussion and broken ribs.

    Immediately after this crash I was unable to see correctly for hours and I swore to myself that if I recovered sight I would always wear a helmet when cycling. I kept my promise since and that’s a good thing! (I had a minor crash some weeks ago against a car, great helmet, no concussion, just broken ribs, no laughs allowed for a month again).

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    I've been pretty fortunate as my injuries with the longest recovery have been of the poison oak variety. On multiple occasions it was on 90% of my body and taken around 2-3 weeks to clear up. The scariest injury I crashed and landed on my face, wearing a helmet, and in sand, but the impact was hard enough to knock me out cold for a few minutes. Air lifted to the ER and after several hours of tests there was nothing wrong. Just a headache for a couple days. Several hours after the crash on the gurney my first conscious thought was is my bike ok?

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    Went over handle bars at about 25 miles an hour on downhill pavement road finishing my trail ride! Permanent AC joint separation, Concussion, 3 cracked ribs, road rash all over and 4 staples from puncture would on my back This happened last June and been hitting the trails since December. My friends and family think i'm nuts but i guess they don't understand they HIGH you get from an awesome ride. Live everyday like it's your last peeps

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    a little scratch

    This happend over a year ago. I was on a tight turn with some speed my cleat disengadged and my foot tapped the dirt and threw my leg right into the crank.



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    whoa, faack!!! that's hella gnarly!^^^
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    Re: Roll Call - What's your most serious injury?

    Grade 3 ac joint seperation at vail lake. 2 month time out. Eeep

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    Some very incredible stories here. Good to see so many have healed up well or well on the road to recovery.

    I'm still amazed after all the crazy slams I've had in the woods I haven't had major injuries.

    That all changed recently, April 5th. Closed up shop at work and set out on my usual commute home. I would usually ride the road most of the way and then drop into the woods by my house for a good few miles of night riding. Didn't even make it 100 yards out of the front doors of the shop. Crossing the road out front I unexpectedly tagged a rock with my back wheel and somehow, I have no idea, it whipped my wheel out from under me so fast I had no time to even process the fall. Went straight to my hip. As usual I tried to collect myself and get moving again, this time it just wasn't happening. Got through the x-rays, broken hip. Fracture at my lower trochanter.

    The doctor came to tell me I needed surgery and I would be seeing a specialist soon. Turned out it was a customer of the shop- a good friend who raced RAAM last year actually. It was interesting- I had been taking care of his bikes for years and now he gets to put ME back together. It's been great dealing with a familiar person through this whole thing. 5 weeks in and I am healing up very well. I couldn't believe the hardware they put in me. Roll Call - What's your most serious injury?-img_20130506_101742_170.jpg

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    I went nose heavy on a big jump and stacked hard.

    Went into the ER two days later after I coughed and felt something inside me "squirt".

    A cat scan revealed a lacerated large intestine, and the doctor told me I probably would only live a few more hours without going under operation.

    One open collectomy surgery and 5 days in the hospital later, I was good to go, and most importantly, still living!

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    Yeah my stepdads cousin died that way, bumped into his dresser corner, hurt but didnt think anything of it, 4 days later dead with the same injury as you. Severely poisons your body. Glad you went and got it looked at, you're still here to keep riding.

    I came close to loosing my left leg from the knee down with a wipe out close to a swamp and that black mud has lots of nasty **** in it. I had a big cut on my shin, rode home cleaned it all up and then days later it was all red around it but it never hurt. Nothing I did seemed to help it so I went to the dock, she seen it and freaked out LOL. She put me on the strongest antibiotic known to man, I could hardly swallow them but it got ride of the infection. She said if I had waited a day or two longer it would have been deep in my bones and would had most likely lost my leg.

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    Adjunkie that is crazy! Glad you pulled through.
    I did the same as you and went nose heavy and over shot to flat on a jump last Tuesday and broke 5 ribs, partially collapsed Lung, Partially separated shoulder and some fluid in my stomach which lucky for me was not what you had. Shitty year for me. I broke both arms last August then my right again in December and now this=/

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    ^^ ya, i hate going to the doc/er... but sometimes it needs to be done! good thing you got in there in time.

    ^dude that sucks. i've been hurt a lot too (not as many in such a short time frame as you) but it makes you think if it's all really worth it... i could never live a boring safe life, but then again, sitting here playing xbox all day while my knee heals up is no fun either. it's a fine line between fun and disaster sometimes.

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    had a freak accident on my mtb in a quiet road area while learning to do jumps. initially was practicing rear wheel lifts while clipped in and bike slowed too much and i wasn't aware, just enough momentum to cause me to endo while i was almost still. i mean it was ridiculous. i've had crashes before but this was so fast for some reason. i had direct impact with my left wrist on the road. result, i almost severed my hand off. only 1/3 tissue was connected, (i'm actually nursing my hand in the picture). amazingly no major nerve damage, i had split scaphoid which they put cannulated screw through, and i have soft tissue trauma. im now into my 3rd week...still hurts like all fk.

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    Holy shite guys, recover well. Never thought an endo could cause that kinda damage. I almost endoed on my friend's bike when I tried to do a stoppie (it was a full-sus lol) just yesterday.

    Just started going more "intense" on the descents sections of the trail I'm currently riding (quite mild on the downs actually, but the climbs are killer ), which is more technical than the trails I rode during my recovery period. Feels good, but sometimes I second guess myself on the drops, so I just take the chicken line instead just to be safe...

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    those pictures of your hand are so damned brutal I don't even know what to say about my AC separation and meniscus

    wow

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    Grade 3 shoulder separation in 2011. Seem to have fully recovered without surgery but definitely the most painful injury I've ever had.

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    hey guy, how gruesome some of those injuries, I have had minor bruises on knees and legs and one big hit on my elbow when I went over the handlebar and landed on it, felt it went in and out of my body, but greatfully only minor ligament damage, one month and it stopped hurting. (could ride one week after the fall) Last weekend a guy died on the trails I ride, it was a wide road a few meters away from the end where the cars are parked, there was a bump which I guess he didnt see, went full face on the ground, his nose got buried in his brain and his neck got dislocated, died on the spot. sad...

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    Oh my god. That hand injury is brutal. Hope that heals up well. Geez.

    My injuries are minor. I have scars all up and down my lower legs from riding narrow trails at speed. Just a lot of little cuts from thorn bushes or other stiff plants. I also have scars on the front and back of my shins from my pedals. I got stuck with some man eating bmx pedals. One of them was a decent gash that went down into my shin bone. Hurt like hell and there is definitely tissue missing years later but nothing like some of you guys yet.

    Thought I busted my tail bone once after endo-ing at 20mph and landing hard on my ass but it healed up just fine.

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    Can't compare to half these but I'm a rookie so not been back into riding long enough to have a good story. But this one is funny, just happened last weekend and neck is finally getting to where I have full motion without harsh pain.

    Tree down, I knew long before I got to trails it was there. But it hid itself behind a good sized face slapper, lots of leaves. So i ducked, but what's some leaves hitting my helmet??? Without conscious knowledge I apparently thought my head could clr the tree from the path.

    Cracked helmet, couple fellow club members (patrollers/medics) i know luckily where there at trail head enjoying beer after their ride, so they checked me out to be safe before i went home. Oh and couldn't ride till hopefully tomorrow cause couldn't tilt me head up at all without decent pain.

    Lesson I learned, finally found something harder than my head,lol. Well head fine (aint much in there to hurt anyway) neck decided to puss out though.


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