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    27 stitches in my eyebrow just over my left eye. Put me in the hospital for 3 days. That was a tree root launching me over the bars while downhilling to pass the guy in 8th place.Would have been my best finish too..really me off. Cracked the top weld at the frame and steer tube. Dislocated shoulder once, Broke two fingers once, and about 15 pounds of skin to road rash. If ya aint bleedin yer not ridin !
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    15 lbs of skin! sheiza, can you say skin graft?
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    Not all at once LOL !!
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    knock on wood, my most serious injury has been my ego. other then that, just the wind knocked out of me
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    That is a very sad story, Canine.

    I had a pretty good scare on 8/17/06 when I endoed at high speed while going over a rock/log ramp. By the time I hit the back end of the ramp, I noticed that some freaking idiot had removed a log, causing me to be violently catapulted to the ground. My last memory is thinking "I'm going down". When I came to, I realized my right wrist was broken, as was my left elbow. My face slammed into the ground and I thought that I had broken my jaw, but fortunately, I didn't. Had some serious scrapes and bruises on my face, broke my glasses, and had a knot above my left eye the size of a golfball. Didn't realize until a week later that the knot was cause from the impace of my helmet on my forehead and that my helmet was cracked. I was fortunate in that I was able to walk myself 2 miles out of the woods and received assistance from some good-willed mountainbikers.

    It's now 11/9/06 and I'm still undergoing PT and unable to ride or lift any significant weights at the gym.

    I consider myself very, very fortunate that I wasn't more seriously injured as a neck FX and possible paralasis was a real possibility that crossed my mind on a few occasions. I thank GOD everyday that I came out of the spill as I did. What it taught me is that no matter how good of a rider you are, no matter how carefully you ride, you never know what is around the corner and you never know what the future has in store for you. I will definitey be back on the bike this spring, but with a renewed sense of awareness.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Flying is great just beware of the landing

    One broken arm and two busted ribs.

    Currently in the 3rd week of recovery. Cast comes off on the 23rd of November.

    I think it is about time to get some body armour.

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    Was late for something when I was 15. Pedalling fast and not paying enough attention, I hit a light pole square on my right patella. wouldn't support any weight. didn't go to the doc. 20 years later that knee's still f'd up.

    Riding benches when I was twenty five. Front wheel falls off and I land on my arm crossed across my body. Took 6 months to heal and that shoulder's still f'd.

    2 years ago had my worst bike-car crash ever. Mostly blood. But it's damn scary to go down next to/under a pickup. Front wheel had tire tracks on it.

    After twenty years of mtn bikes, and 30 years of all sorts of bikes, I wonder about statistics. Nowadays, even small crashes take longer to heal than I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinAddictFred
    If ya aint bleedin yer not ridin !
    If ya bleeding you might want to get some armor. Or slow yo (*# down
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    Not all from biking, but....

    Broken left collerbone twice
    Broken left wrist twice (clean break once, compound second time)
    Fractured my right wrist once
    Broken everything but my thumb on my left hand
    Broken ring and index fingers on my right hand
    Torn (completely in half) all the main ligaments connecting my thumb to my left hand
    Sprained my ankles (both of them) more than I can count
    And we haven't even talked about pedal bite yet.

    I have so many scars it's not even funny. I swear, a papercut will give me a scar. Quite annoying. Oh yeah, I'm only 15! Hey, I guess the fun is only starting.

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    how about a really close call

    Last year I decided to pick up some RockGardN body armor. At first I thought people would make fun of me but it has saved me twice since I got it. I don't huck or anything but I do go a little fast. The two times I got in trouble were from deviating from the tried and true lines on our local DH run. First time I came in too hot on a burmed corner and the front tire washed out. Pads saved me big time. No scrapes, just a bruised ego. Second time was a little more spectacular. I launched a rock drop I normally roll and the extra speed threw me into a bowl shaped embankment. The embankment (to the best of my blurry recollection) threw me across the trail through the brush. I could hear the sticks scraping all over the pads as I went. I ended up about 25 feet down the trail (about an 8 or 10% grade) with my head downhill tangled in my bike. I just layed there for a few seconds to take inventory. No bones sticking out of my skin, I was not seeing a tunnel with a light at the end so I figured I was pretty ok. I dusted off and finished the run with my buddy. On the way down my left wrist started to hurt a bit. I wondered if it was broken b/c I had not experienced that type of pain. My buddy said I would know if it was broken but I know people who have broken bones and not known it for weeks. The wrist was pretty swollen for about a week and it turned yellow and purple. I had it X-rayed as soon as I could and it was fine. I think it was a compression trauma to the cartilage in the wrist joint. The rest of my body was bruised but not broken. I am so sure that the armour totally saved me from so many cuts and scrapes. I will definitely keep wearing it. Now I just have to get my head on straight so I can get my nerve back.
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    Duplicate post, tried hitting the stop button before it posted.
    Don't hate on the minivan!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonowee
    Sam. do you want the messiest or the most painful?

    Messiest: ~dozen stiches, a jigger of blood lost, buggered helmet, lost parts of the headset?, pinched my favourite tube, 1 month without riding to prevent infection, 2 weeks at home not doing much besides so MTBR hovering, 2 weeks no work, mid-30s of antibiotic capsules.

    Most painful: Half of the wang-chungs that do happen. (Not funny for me, but to the observer...?)

    What is a wang-chung if it involves doing something stupid or falling and having someone laugh at you I'm pretty sure I've done it
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    Took a dive due to wheel colapse on South Mtn AZ. 48.8 MPH. Three cracked verts. Three screws holding left hip together, 4 broken ribs, laceration down left arm 8 inches long,bruises like i have never seen.
    Was A hard good bye to my Super-G Bianchi. Thanx Martini Racing for the great bike though, sorry I killed it.
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    worst cycling related injury...

    I've been xc riding and racing in the midwest since '86. my worst injury seems to be a recurring issue...july'01, sept'02, aug'03, and july '05 "season ending concussion...not to be left out june '04 torn planters tendin of right foot. ( still have less than 15deg of rotation in that ankle). '06 proved to be one of my heathiest seasons since the '90s, only one good one...cracked the helmet and bled alot (prolly due to the sierra nevada's prior to the night ride) the trail rash was quite the conversation piece.
    "ride with control...speed will come" ( uh coach, that theory doesn't work here ! )
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    Concrete hates my face

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    This is my reaction to concrete in San Jose. Too bad my job is to design the stuff.
    Broken jaw in two places, missing two teeth.
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    July 23 2006.
    I was riding this rock formation that had a wooden bridge spanning two rocks. As I came oof the wooden bridge I was a little to the left as I cam on to the rock but was thinking no big deal because the rock had a ramp on that side for exiting the formation. Well it wasn't on that side. The rock was only about three feet high or so but when my front tire came down of the rock it stopped dead because of other rocks there and I went over the handle bars. Of course my fat head hit first and then my hands. I broke my right pinky finger and dislocated the bones in the back of my hand. Also after driving my self to the hospital I found out I fractured my C7 in my neck. I was in a Y collar for four weeks and then I was in a soft collar for another three. Of course I wore the soft collar every day! NOT! Back riding. Still trying to get over some small fears but all in all back at it.

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    I had a bad crash 8 months ago, i approached the gap i had the right speed but it was to much , i over shot the landing and went to flat. Instantly i was over the bars carring a lot of momentum, landed on the back of my left shoulder and bounced of the ground hitting a tree directly on my right shoulder. Both of my clavicle were fractured, and had a punched left lung, i just could not get up at all i try ed but there was a lot of crunching going on inside my body i had to use my knees to support my shoulder there was to much pain, i was just able to use my mobile phone, and call for help. Ses, ambulance, police came to get my sorry arse out of the bush,

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    About 7 years ago, I was riding this off-cambered trail, the bike slid down the hill, I naturally put down my right foot to keep balance, I guessed I stomped the foot down hard at the wrong angle. The result was a sprained ankle, I was on crutches for 2 weeks.

    Currently I got ITBS that I have trying to get rid off...Some success so far

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    About 7 years ago, I was riding this off-cambered trail, the bike slid down the hill, I naturally put down my right foot to keep balance, I guessed I stomped the foot down hard at the wrong angle. The result was a sprained ankle, I was on crutches for 2 weeks.

    Currently I got ITBS that I have been trying to get rid of...Some success so far

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    Last summer a mule I was riding spooked and ran down a steep wooded hill. I couldn't stop him and bailed breaking my ankle in 6 places which required surgery twice.

    Torn ACL 3 times from skiing and snowboarding. Fully torn patella tendon from snowboarding- that time my kneecap ended up on top of my thigh and it was by far the most painful and longest recovery of all the injuries I've had. I am currently living without an ACL as fixing it was impossible while also fixing the patella. I don't have much meniscus left in one knee. Knee injuries suck. Be happy if all you break are bones because making 100% recovery from broken bones is possible. Once you screw your knee up once it's bound to happen again.

    Biking is probably one of the safest things I do for fun.

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    My worst was a broken foot, but the pics of my wrist are more entertaining. Neither were bike related.



    Odd, I've never had a serious injury on any of my two wheeled toys... must not be trying hard enough.

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    June 29th '04 - Whistler
    Riding Clown Shoes on a small log ride, i decided I wasn't happy with my line and jumped clear of my bike, landed on my feet and felt a sharp pain in my knee area. I realized I couldn't support myself so my buddy went down to get the meat wagon. Ritche Schley stopped and asked how I was doing - the only gut who stopped by the way - although I didn't feel too bad, no major pain or anything and help was coming.
    Got to Whister medi center they took some xrays, offered me pain killers which I didn't take, and then the Doctor came through. He asked if I wanted a pain killer again and again I declined and he looked at me funny. Then he said I should be passed out from the pain by now, and confirmed that I wasn't in shock, so I asked what I had broken, and he said that I had pushed my Tibial plateau down 2 cm and that 60% of it looked like a jigsaw puzzle. He then said he wanted me to see an ortho in North Van that worked on olympic skiers and hockey players, very hard to get into see but the only guy who could get it back to normal He said it may take up to 2 weeks to see him, so he made a call and there was an opening the next day!
    To sum up, my tibial plateau is now almost perfect and finally, just had the titanium plate and 8 screws removed last Thurs! (hopefully) No more dull ache from the rubbing of muscle on the titanium plate and screws!
    So that is my most major injury in 20 years of MTBing plus another 6 years of BMX.
    Can't wait until Spring!!
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    On Nov. 5th. I was riding at a local trail that I've ridden hundreds of times. I stopped to adjust my seat and another rider passed me. On an innocent part of the trail that sort of meandered through the trees about 50 feet from a long clearing, I decided to stand up on the bike and put some leg down and catch the guy who passed me. I came up to a small log and just lifted up on the bike to clear it when the world seemed to stop. I happen to lift up on the bike just as I went under a branch that I didn't see. As I hopped the bike, the top of my helmet impacted the underside of the branch and drove my head neck downwards. There was a loud impact sound, everything sort of went gray for a second and then the world went into super slow motion. My vision returned and I was looking down at my handle bars, my hands had slid off and went forward but all my forward momentum stopped with the impact. My limp body fell down onto the bike. I couldn't feel anything. I landed pretty hard onto my Yeti 575, but it felt like I landed on a giant pillow, I felt nothing. As I hit the ground, my left leg was still clipped into my pedals and that spun me around onto my back. I was laying on my Camelback Havoc with the hydration hose laying across my face. I reached up to move it and something was pinning my arms. I looked down my body to see how the bike was pinning me and I saw my arm laying across my stomach, nothing was on it, but I couldn't move it, I couldn't even feel it. That's when I realized I couldn't feel anything below my neck. Remembering the rider who had passed me I yelled for help, but I could barely manage a weak cry. I just didn't have much power in my lungs. After about a minute, I could yell with more volume but no one heard me. I layed in the trail for a while yelling for help and was completely unable to move. After about 20 minutes, I started getting some sensation in my legs. They felt like they were coming back from being "asleep". I could move my upper legs but not below the knees but was able to free my foot from the pedal. My right leg was much less "there" than my left one. After about 5 more minutes, I started to feel my arms again, barely. I was then able to move them around but had no control of my hands at all. After about 45 minutes total, I could feel my legs again, although they had the worse case of pins and needles you could imagine. I managed to sit up and then slowly pull myself up using the bike as a crutch. I was pretty confident that I didn't have a fracture as I had no pain in my neck. While laying on the ground I had full mobility of my head and neck and zero pain with moving it. I decided that I needed to walk out. I couldn't hold the handlebars but was able lean on the bike with my forearms and walk the bike the mile or so back to my Jeep. The whole way I stumbled along almost drunkenly. I passed a couple of riders and rather than ask for help, I was sort of in shock and just said, "Hows it going?" and kept walking.

    About an hour after the accident I was back at my truck and had some control of my hands. It took me about 15 minutes to get my bike up on the rack and I didn't even bother to tie it down well. It then took me about 5 minutes to get the key in my ignition because by then the pain in my hands had gone from pins and needles to feeling like I had 1st degree burns on them. I was able to drive myself to the ER where they were able to do a CT scan and determine that there was no fracture, I had however suffered a severe spinal cord contusion and they referred me to a neurologist. The impact apparently ruptured the discs at C4-5 and C6 to the point of giving me a rather severe case of spinal stenosis OR that was present before my impact and was the cause of the extreme symptoms I expereinced from the impact.

    I had about 3 weeks of severe nerve pain in my hands and arms but I have gotten back to just having some moderate pain in my hands/arms. The doc wants to do a 3 level discectomy and fusion, but I'm resisting the idea because I'm really not in much pain. The downside is that they say the next impact such as the first will likely paralyze or kill me. I've had to minimize my riding. I did a 4 hour race in December but have had some pretty nasty nerve pain since. I guess it looks like I'm probably going to have to think about the surgery soon if I don't want to end up with possibly dire consenquences. So far that's the worst injury I've had. Never broken a bone (other than toes doing karate). I've never even had so much as a stitch either.

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    Lets see...

    None of mine were bike related but still bad all them same... First would broken and dislocated elbow chiped a peice of bone the size of a nickel and had to have 20 stiches 2 pens(which they had to pull out with no medicine) and a staff infection plus 6 month recovery. 4 reconstructive foot surgerys!!!!! 2 bones taken out, 4 bone spurs removed, 1 staple, and had both of my acelies(< how every you speel that) cut and lengthend i think each were cutt 3 times. 2 of the surgerys just happend the beging of the school year.... So what do you think???? Not bad for only being 16!!!! I have some more but not going to put those in there wimpy stuff... Peace
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    Never had stiches or broken bones, which is amazing considering how I try to do crazy things that I can't do. Had a whole cr@pload of nasty scrapes though. My worst injury was on an overnight bike trip when my friend burned a plastic fork, held it over my hand, and the molten plastic dripped on my hand in six places, causing round burns. It hurt like the dikens (why did I say that?) for a few seconds, but then it cooled and I just peeled it off. Still got scars as if it were yesterday.
    I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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    Prosthetic what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Torn Testicle.

    Yes. It hurt.
    No. It doesn't grow back.
    Yes. I have a prostetic.
    Pls forgive my stupid questions, but, I need some clarity here. Testicle = ball, right? And, balls make the lil' swimmers, right? And, we haven't engineered little artificial, implantable factory for making those things, right (ie, we're not gods)? So, what's the prosthetic for? Is it a placeholder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoodbrn
    Pls forgive my stupid questions, but, I need some clarity here. Testicle = ball, right? And, balls make the lil' swimmers, right? And, we haven't engineered little artificial, implantable factory for making those things, right (ie, we're not gods)? So, what's the prosthetic for? Is it a placeholder?
    Uh, yeah rearanging genetic material is difficult enough in a lab, let alone in a nut sized prosthetic. You can reproduce fine with one real boy anyhow, they're like kidnies you can function just fine with one. I'm going to guess the prosthetic is just to at least give some balance and make it feel as normal as it's going to get.

    I've been lucky and my worsts have just been some road rash and being knocked out a couple times (Yes, I was wearing a helmet, only seem to stay awake for the nice lidless face plants). Now, when I get a proper all mountain bike, we'll see how badly I can mangle myself.

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    Almost two years ago I tore my liver in half! It was on mothers day and my friend that I was riding with had to call my mom from the hospital and tell her I wouldn't be able to come over for diner. I was in the hospital after that for two weeks, and off work for a little while after that. Almost two years later I still have pain.

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    two of them

    The first one happened about 2 years ago. I was riding with one of my buddies, i went over some logs and there was a rock on the other side of the log pile that I didnt see. I thought to myself, here we go with another classic endo , no big deal. They happen every now and the, but for some reason, my left thigh made contact with my rear tire and it ripped my skin in a section that was about 10 inches long and three inches wide. I bleed like crazy, but i got up and finished the ride, with a lot of attention from hikers and campers ha ha. I still have the scars.
    The worse was about 8 months ago. I was hammering down this slight decline, out of the saddle, in the big chain ring, picking up speed for the next set of rollers, and as i was bringing my left pedal down the stroke with all my strenght, there it was , a hidden rock behind a grassy patch. I hit that b'otch with my crank arm with all my might at approx 18/20 miles per hour . It jerked me to the right and there i was flying in the air. It seemed that I was flying for ever, and I remember thinking while i was floating...this is going to f**king hurt. And it did. I was laying there with the wind knocked out of me for like 5 minutes. I got up and there was stuff scattered all over the place, Co2 pump, water bottle, tire lever, computer monitor, etc. However, the bikes was fine. I got up and finished my ride with terrible pain on my back, but I figure if i wouldnt not done that i wouldve felt defeated

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    Dumb and Dumber

    It was May 1997, a few months before my 47th birthday. I had about a year of mountain biking experience, which turned out to be not nearly enough.

    I was coming down a nice double-track at about 15 to 20 mph. There was a mogul in some tall grass that I didn't see. To compound matters, I was too far forward. When I planted my front tire and went over the bars, I felt like I was sailing. I remember thinking, "This is really going to hurt."

    I managed to get my head tucked into my left shoulder before impact. It probably took me about 15 minutes before I could get up. I could move my fingers on my left hand, so I thought I was okay. I told myself that if I could just take some Ibuprofren and soak in the hot tub, all would be well. I didn't know that I had broken my collarbone and three ribs and also blow my left lung. Shattered my helmet as well. On the positive side, the bike was fine.

    The five-mile ride out was slow and painful. I was in shock when I got back to the house and realized I needed to go to the ER. The doc informed me that a pneumo-thorax is serious business.

    Three weeks later I rode my mountain bike in the Tour de Blast, an 84-miler to Mount St. Helens. Not a wise move, but I'd already paid my entry fee and there were no refunds. I hairlined the collarbone a few months later on a trail ride, but have had no major injuries since.

    I'm 56 now. Still riding. No smarter but quite a bit better technically.

    Two things I learned from this experience. First, ride the back of your bike. Second, morphine is our friend.

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    I was doing a 6 foot drop. It was my 5 time and i was feeling confident. As i pulled back into a manual before the edge my back wheel got stuck in a ditch. The result was an almighty face plant. Broke my collar bone in two places. The end got wedged into my muscle. Spent 4 days in hospital. 2 months unable to ride and, guess what? It happened the day after the Christmas holidays (6 weeks) started. And 5 days before i was getting my new bike.

    what did i learn as well, morphine is our friend.

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well broken patella

    I broke my first bone this past saturday. I had ridden marl ravine at york river state park earlier in the morning, and headed off to harwood mill for a leisurely cool down ride. The beginner and intermediate trails were ridden uneventfully. I was on the expert, which I find to be the easiest of the three trails. The trail narrowed with trees on each side. Unfortunately I wasn't quite able to fit, and clipped my left handlebar. I thought I rammed my knee into the tree before I was flung to the side of the trail. My husband said it got bashed against my bike. Regardless of what it hit I screamed "like a little girl" as my husband said. I then realized everything was still attached, and rode back to the car. The next day it didn't feel great, but I went to Powhite and rode anyways. Monday I decided to get X-rays just to be cautious, and it turns out I broke my patella (knee). HAS ANYONE ELSE DONE THIS? HEAL TIME? I'm not supposed to ride for six weeks :-P

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    broken ankle on monday, nothing else though
    Freeride is a way of life.

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    yeah i flew off a 3 footer jump and on the landing my front tire went off the side early and i flipped over the bars and i broke my left arm and bent my left thumb back to my wrist, the thumb hurt more cuz it ripped the muscle and the muscle took a couple of chips of bone with it. no pics but it hurt.
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    Worst injury I have had which wasn't serious was probably when I bunnyhopped and my foot slipped off the pedal which spun round cut open my shin about 5cms. Blood dribbling down my leg but I just carried on riding.

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    ^ I did the EXACT same thing with almost identical injuries haha.

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    Well by far on a bike has been my knee, torn ACL, Meniscus etc. The full story is here:

    Destroyed Knee (Again....)

    I am still on the comeback from that one, but able to ride regularly again within reason.

    Other than that, I have broken 4 ribs when coming down a downhill section with a little booter into the next section. Unfortunately you cant see the lower section until your on top of it. Being a weekday afternoon I figured the trails would be pretty dead, boosted off the booter and then realized there were 2 women walking up the trail right where I was about to land. I ditched the bike in mid air and ended up landing on my side on a downed tree, thus breaking my ribs.

    Other than that, lots of road rash, few concussions, banged up ankles and shins.

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    pedal in my leg

    many a moon ago,around age 12 I slid out doing a skid down our street, I swung the ass of my bike around to far and ended up with me and the bike laying on the road (dead end street and no traffic luckily) I remember looking down at my left leg on the inside just under the knee and seeing a gaping hole with muscle tissue hanging out and blood everywhere, upon further investigation turns out it was the broken pedal on my bike that buried itself in my leg.
    Needless to say it was a trip to the Dr for 9 stitches. I don't remember getting the stitches but do remember the injection being stabbed into the wound before hand.

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    imediatly after this i broke my left ankle when i landed the drop at the end of the wall ride...

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    discolated knee a few years ago

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    So Far..........

    Cracked five ribs in September '06 as well as some really deep "road rash" down my right side. Still hurts to lay flat on my back and stretch, still have scars on leg. Was almost three months before I was able to tolerate the vibrations from the handlebars and ride.It was the most annoying pain I have ever had, really screws up sleep, in some ways was worse than when I had a compound fracture of my RT fibula (footbal, 2 plates, 6 pins, 3 screws).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5ribcrk
    Cracked five ribs in September '06 as well as some really deep "road rash" down my right side. Still hurts to lay flat on my back and stretch, still have scars on leg. Was almost three months before I was able to tolerate the vibrations from the handlebars and ride.It was the most annoying pain I have ever had, really screws up sleep, in some ways was worse than when I had a compound fracture of my RT fibula (footbal, 2 plates, 6 pins, 3 screws).
    I sympathize with you 5ribcrk as I'm sporting a rib injury myself , it's only been 3 weeks and I'm having major MTB'ing withdrawls. The pain is only now subsiding except for when I lie down , I'm hoping I'll be back in the saddle in another 1 to 2 weeks ( even if it's only a road ride ).

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    discolated knee a few years ago

    What was the result of the knee dislocating? Any tears, rips, and how long were you dwon? I just suffered the same fate this past weekebd. Thanks.
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    What was the result of the knee dislocating? Any tears, rips, and how long were you dwon? I just suffered the same fate this past weekebd. Thanks.
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    I had a small tear in the minicus with a lot of swealing. I spent 3 months in a soft cast and about as much time on crutches. Because it was only a small tear I could get on a bike/trainer and do some indoor miles for rehab. It took a good 6 months before I was back to normal and a couple of years before I felt I could do anything that required lateral movement. Lucky for me I like riding the bike. I recently had some knee pain and thought that there was a reoccurance of the problem, the MRI came back with just some arthritis and some swealing around the joint......more rehad.....no cast this time.

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    Longest recovery: Broken left collarbone that now has a metal plate and several screws (three months and counting; see post below in Rider Down)

    Most painful: Dislocated left shoulder in Moab. Thank god i was near the trailhead when it happened.

    Honorable mentions: Dislocated left elbow twice, fractured both thumbs, seven stitches in elbow.

    Off the bike: Broke my right femur in an ill-fated attempt to get back into skateboarding, at age 36. Not recommended, no matter how enticing all those perfectly sculpted skateparks look.

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    Busted my collarbone in two, broke two fingers, a toe and various scraps and cuts... Surprisingly the toe was the worst because it was just so bloody annoying.

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    i hit a truck, that cut me off, at about 25mph on my old cannondale m1000 about a week after i installed all my good components. it snapped the frame in two and at the time i was more concerned about the bike than i was myself. well, it turned out i thrashed almost 50% of the soft tissue in my knees. i woke up the next morning with 152cc's of fluid on my left knee (that much fluid kind of hurts ya know). ant to top it all off my parents wouldn't get a lawer or try for more settlement money. all i got was my hospital bills paid and $750 in damages, even though the bike was built up with xt/xtr components, AND i had an appraisal from my LBS that it was worth $1500. got screwed pretty bad i think. i'm 21 and i've got rheumatism in my knees. but biking does seem to help.

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    Wow, that sucks. Stay off the pavement.

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    that's kinda hard to do

    when you commute on your bike it's a little hard. i now have the disadvantage of living in a college town in WV, where it's bad enough to drive to work. you know the worst thing about that wreck though? my good friend calyn watched it happen. see we were on our way to his house and he got a pinch flat so he put his bike on the city bus. so i was keeping up to the bus in traffic when it happened. actually i was lucky it was a suburban and not some d@mn honda or something because i would have flown into 4 lanes of traffic. but the one thing that pissed me of the most at first was that it didn't even scratch the truck, yet my bike was in two pieces. but by far that was my worst crash. many others caused slight fractures and other small broken bones, but none as serious or crazy. i should tell you guys about the crashes my buddy's from high school had though. we all have our scars and permanent injuries.

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    Broken Collarbone August 06. Superman'd over the handlebars on my Surly.
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    OK

    I have next to nothing compared to almost everybody here, I don't even have good photos or x-rays.

    This thread made me sick.

    Having said that, my winners are :

    - both guys that broke their necks
    - the guy that smashed his liver and ribs and passed out in the snow
    - the smashed testicle
    - the smashed urethra
    - any of the really bad "shattered" bone ones

    I used to think I'd had a hard life, but after reading this thread I'm a freakin pansy lightweight.

    Mtb Damage:

    - Separated Shoulder
    - Broken Wrist

    Why so few? I'm smartening up in my old age. Not going to make all the same mistakes with mountain biking that I made in my previous sports.


    Non Mtb Damage ( all different events ):

    - cracked skull
    - busted r-patella in half
    - broken l-fibula
    - broken l-tibia
    - broken l-ankle ( basketball - ouch )
    - broken r-ankle ( basketball - ouch again )
    - broken l-ankle again ( basketball - ouch again )
    - broken r-ankle again ( basketball - enough already )
    - broken toes (a few)
    - broken fingers (lots)
    - broken l-wrist
    - broken r-wrist
    - broken l-wrist
    - broken l-wrist
    - broken r-wrist
    - broken l-arm
    - busted l-elbow bursa
    - busted l-hip bursa
    - busted r-hip bursa
    - a couple of grade III concussions
    - spinal compression; momentary full-body paralysis

    The last one was the worst. Took a short (4') but powerful wave on the head (not sand, just water ) compressed my head I went limp for 5 minutes only my eyes and breathing worked, except I was breathing in a lot of water and sand.

    I think what makes Mtb injuries extra bad is they can happen further from civilization than anything else except maybe mountaineering, so getting help takes longer.

    edit : forgot to put in these ones

    - broken r-clavicle ( twice in 6 mths )
    - teeth thru cheek ( riding bike on ice slipped out )
    - and I'll put my total lifetime ounces of lost skin from road rash up against anyone

    I never apologize. I'm sorry, but that's just the way I am.

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    dislocated shoulder 1st time downhilling and it was out for 4-5 hrs.

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    Geez....frightening stuff here. Makes the reruns of "ER" look like a Disney movie.

    Worst injury was OTB in 2006; broken ribs (Rt. T-10, T-11); hairline fracture Rt. shoulder blade; and torn rotater cuff - Rt.shoulder. 6 months off bike, and no desire to do spin classes...:

    Maybe playing golf in your 60's ain't so bad after all.

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    Clearly I don't push hard enough*, because in 12 years (maybe more) or riding, the only ones I can ever remember are falling and grazing my arm/bruising my leg about 7 weeks ago (boo hoo), and about 10 years ago attempting to hop up a gutter, missing, and going straight over the bars chest straight onto concrete.

    That's seriously the worst of it! I mean, I've taken falls, but none have left marks.

    Don't worry, I know there's injuries to come now that I'm racing.

    * Evident by the fact that on Sunday my fastest lap was a full 4 minutes faster than my other three, and the whole race I felt like I wasn't pushing it.

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    I broke my tibia and fibia dropping off a picnic table on a bmx bike at age 6. No joke. Thats the only serious cycling related injury. The usual cuts, scrapes, bruises, a couple concussions. Tore both ACLs skiing.

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    ... and if we just ... Braaaaaaaaaaaains......

    subdermal hematoma, three weeks in coma....this is a pic in the ER
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    ... and if we just ... Raw N Broken

    A few years back I was riding through some forshore trails, pretty flat, and untechnical, so I was riding my hardtail not cliped in almost flat out when I decided to mono down a slight downslope in the trail, I overcooked it and flipped the bike. I threw the bike away and started running. Ha... one maybe two eight foot steps then went down on one leg and ground to a stop using the side of my left calf as a brake pad.. After a week of the district nurse comming to my house injecting me with antibiotics and anticoagulants I had a pretty awesome scab but I could ride again.RAW.jpg.


    Then a few years later an hour and a half into a night ride with a buddy I get locked into a rut turn the frount wheel to get out of there and lock the front wheel up in the rut and launch over the bars and land colar bone first on a big old pine tree root and smash my colar bone into three bits...... That was a sorry two months off the trails not to mention painfull.. My wife was starting to question my choice of relaxation...... Then I upped my life insurance, She's cool again now.... Broken.jpg

    And a few other less painfull cuts n stuff.... Its all good ... Keep on pedaling

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    fractured elbow 2005, exploded tib fib 2004, sitting home right now with a fractured thumb
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    Dang these are some bad injuries. I can't help but post a link to my friend's site:

    http://www.deadmike.com/

    He had a skydiving accident which involved recovering some of his teeth from his lungs, reconstructing his face, and repairing any bone that was big enough to break.

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    And my friends say I've been injured too much...

    In one accident (while training, none the less), I received a severe concussion, dislocated my jaw, cracked two ribs, and received various abrasions. Hand slipped off a slick, rain covered bar end while out of the saddle in a sprint... face first into the pavement, all 240lbs landed on my bar end. My feet stayed clipped in, so the front wheel acted as a pivot point and sent me straight into the ground. No launch. Untrued the wheel, but it didn't taco (I was sprinting at ~28mph).

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    Well, nice. Just a week after saying "never had an injury", I break two bones, sprain a finger and taco a wheel all in one accident. Left Clavical, Right middle finger, Sprained right thumb, 5x25mm gash on leg... nice ;(
    6 weeks on a trainer, I vow to come back faster than ever.

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    I was coming down this trail I knew like the back of my hand and hit a small jump. When I landed, my bike veered left straight towards a tree. The left side of my head caught it at about 20mph and when I woke up my buddy was standing over me in awe. I had bark embedded in my face and thought my earring had lodged in my neck. Luckily I just crushed the earring. Although I didn't seek medical attention, I most likely had a concussion or a mild one at least. A few months later, I went over the bars and smashed the right side of my face on some gravel and still made my date with my girlfriend that night. In the first race of 1999, I got caught behind a slower guy and when I came upon him, smashed into him and fell onto a boulder and cracked my right elbow. Haven't raced since. There are lots more injuries but I don't want to take out the unofficial medical record.
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    This here is a little game we call "tempting fate"...

    Broken collarbone and more sprained wrists than I can count. Once I finally learned how to sit back and stop being such an case study in how to endo things have been much less entertaining for my local urgent care.

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    Torn ACL, Torn bucket handle, Torn Meniscus. I'm contemplating leaving the sport.

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    What kind of riding are you doing?

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    I was wondering what kind of riding people do also. I have been riding two to three times a week for the past two and a half years aggressive xc. I have ridden downhill twice and the results were a broken finger my first time and a shattered collarbone, a plate and six screws the second time. I just recovered enough from the collarbone surgery in early May to ride on the road and smooth trails today. Even though I was hurt riding dh, I have to admit I think I'm going to have a cringe of intimidation when I get back on my local xc trails and get to a sketchy decent. Anyone wind up a little afraid of their bike after breaking themselves? I feel that way a little now but should get over it with time I assume.

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    3rd Degree Separated Shoulder

    I had just gotten back in the fold of riding with the guys again last November after having our second child and building a house. Rode on a sunday ride, went to the top of Mount Pleasant on the coast of Maine, overlooking the mighty ATLANTIC ocean, beautiful!.

    Cleaned a treacherous downhill, rode all of the ride just fine. In the last 30 minutes of the 3 hour ride, minutes from our vehicles, I crashed HARD. We were flying down a trail with cobble style rocks, one let loose and sent me into a tree. The most pain I have experienced in a long, long time!.

    Collarbone torn from scapula (shoulderblade), and front ligaments shredded, shoulder dropped several inches and collarbone stuck up. Had surgery in December, today was my last day of Physical Therapy and doc has stated that by September I should be able to get back on the ole Turner and give it a try again.

    WIll post pics of the after shots of surgery tomorrow. Sucked big time!!!!

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    Smile Just got out of hospital after three weeks

    7 broken vertebrae
    several broken ribs
    tib and fib fractures
    collapsed lung (and re-collapse with complications) + assorted interal injuries.

    Absolutely no fun! Still another month before I might be off crutches, let alone ride a bike. Glad to be alive and in no hurry to get back on the bike.

    A friend told me: "It won't hurt so much after the pain goes away". Can't wait for that to happen.

    Stay Safe!!!!

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    Never been seriously hurt riding, but I've had my fair share of injuries (some of which affect me when I'm riding).

    [Because I like the timeline idea....]


    2002: Sliced my hand open on shale rock when I tripped as I was running.

    2003: Took a dive over the handlebars, nasty sprained wrist.

    2005: Suffered a compressed fracture of the C6 cervical vertebrae at the pool I work at. This was a fun one: 11 days in the ICU, $88,000 worth of surgery, $16,000 worth of doctor's bills, $1,000 and 2 months of occupational therapy and over a dozen MRIs, X-rays and CT scans. Had to wear what they call a HALO vest (nothing to do with the game), consisting of a plastic, padded vest with titanium rods connected to a titanium ring resembling a halo. The ring has pinholes, through which 4 titanium pins are drilled directly into the skull. 75 days in that, then another 2 months in a Miami J collar (soft plastic). The nerve damage that I sustained completely paralyzed my hand for over a week, it still bothers me especially in cold weather.


    2006: Hit by a car riding through town. Bruised my leg like nobody's business. X-rays turned up nothing but every once in a while it still acts up.

    2007: Ripped my shoulder out of its socket swimming. Pics below.






    ...2004 was a good year...

    EDIT: Slid the shoulder out again on sunday...bummer too, just installed my BB7s a couple days before....ahh well, at least I got in a Buffer Zone ride...
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    last weekend on the Downhill at Winter park...hit jump wrong...posterior dislocation of my left shoulder and fractured right thumb! Bummer both arms/hands are useless due to cast and splint...can hardly go to the bathroom by myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickobec
    Smashed collarbone (it was in four pieces) - five weeks ago, still recovering

    Suppose you want to see the x-ray, nasty bruise I had and the big lump of bone pushing against the skin I now have?
    hahaha i broke my collarbone last season to for the third time, the lump of bone pushing up definitly is a different site isnt it?

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    4 weeks ago I crashed while racing in a 12 Hr race at Pats Peak in NH. I suffered a grade 3 AC joint seperation in my left shoulder, a dislocated left elbow and a fractured radial head in my left arm, along with various other bumps, bruises and scratches.

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    I've heard golf mentioned a few times in this thread. I actually know someone who was quite injured playing golf.

    He was using a composite / graphite club I believe (I'm not a golfer!) and his club shattered mid-swing. I have a feeling the club head hit the ground and the force of the swing caused the shaft to fail. At the end of that swing there was nothing left connected in his hand -- his fingers were dangling by a thread, all the tendons and ligaments in his fingers and hand were completely severed. Not nice at all.

    My worst was nothing all that serious compared to what many of you have been through.

    Before we married, my wife and I used to tent camp and mountain bike up at High Point State Park in NJ.

    It was the end of the day and we were heading back to camp. I was coasting down a twisty, paved fire road at about 35MPH. I was going a little too fast to make the upcoming curve so I took it wide and road off the pavement into the grass. (I should have quit there!) I then tried to swerve back up onto the fire road (about 4-6" above the grass). Front tire hit at a funny angle, and I started sailing across the sky!!

    Somehow I managed to tuck and roll. When I was able to get back up I had a huge gash in my elbow, sprained wrist, broken helmet, taco'd wheel, cracked frame, bumps and bruises and my entire body looked like raw hamburger for weeks after! The wife dragged the bikes back to camp while I limped behind. I did give the ER doc a chuckle -- he said he's never seen that much road rash on anyone. EVER.

    I'm 38 now with four kids - the oldest is 8. I just started back up again

    But I can't afford to get hurt anymore! I bit the bullet and ordered up a Rockgardn jacket and legs for me, the wife, and the oldest kid. So try not to laugh at me too much on the trail -- I've got too many responsibilities now to be limping home in a bloody heap!

    Joe

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    Since I last posted.....

    ...disclocated my shoulder again (same one)

    also, endo'd friday bombing down a hill that was bigger than my skill level.

    Mild concussion, plus extensive shoulder bruising and cuts/gashes. Could've been much worse if I had dislocated again or, god forbid, damaged my neck...

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    Broken Leg is definitely the worst. You can see the pics by navigating to my cycling page or clicking the broken leg link in my sig .
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    just broke my collarbone yesterday

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    Went off a three foot drop going pretty fast and after i landed my left foot got smashed between the pedal and big tree root. I ended up with two broke toes and a black and blue foot.The worst part of the whole thing was (get this) i hit the ground so hard my upper and lower teeth slammed together and i broke a tooth that had a root canal done on about two weeks before and havent had crowned yet.It hurt so bad i think i peed a little.

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    You guy sure crash alot!!! Me too.. three bad ones on my road bike. separated hip and shoulder every time. the last one I was racing 3 other riders and hitting an appex at around 20 plus mph. hit a patch of sand and flip I counted three bumps to my helmet as i tumbled down the bike path. then a long slide. Needless to say I don't race on the MUT anymore.

    on my mt bike. the worst i was commuting to work. going into to afternoon sun. someone tampered with the local high schools chain link fence and stretched it across the bike path. it was gray the same color as the path. I hit it fell awkwardly and t fractured my left knee. I was off the bike for 7 weeks then start doing laps around the block. with the cast.
    never fully recovered my knee limits my power and is giving my other knee problems, probably because I favor it. and it has been 7 years. It takes about 10 miles to warm up now. and forget about climbing. oh year the last one was when I fell into a tree planter dug out of the sidewalk. know my left should is about weak as my left leg.

    I still ride whenever I can and am building an AM bike. I don't know how well I'll be riding it lol.

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    I was about 14. Cruisin' down the road goin' pretty fast. started to slow down and my front brake came off. Old style side pull caliper. So the flailing brake is still connected to the bike by the cable. Brake goes into the front wheel and the fun begins. Over the bars and face first onto the chip n seal road. Skidded on my right shoulder and my face. When I came to I was in the ditch and my right shoulder was under my chin. My gloves were shredded. I touched my face and then looked at my hand. My glove was dripping blood. I blacked out. Came to in the hospital. Broken collar bone and lots of cuts and rocks in my face. The force of the sudden stop bent my fork back to the downtube.

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    well i was at the local bike park at the beginning of last summer with my friend. we were going down a pretty nice hill, but the huge, sandy jump really blended in. i didnt see it until i was right on top of it. I got huge air, tried to land the jump, but my fat ass just bent the seat, and i slid backwards. then, my ass hit the back tire, and the shot me forward, leaving a scar that u dont wanna see on my groin. then, i fell off, pedal came up and took a chunk out of my knee. i hit my head on the ground, cracking my 120 dollar helmet, and i cracked my elbow. WAAHOOO i came back about a month later and worked on that jump, and now it is pretty wicked.
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    we didnt need the pic of the injuries lol
    i disloated my knee in high school football had surgery and my knee is pretty good compared to a guy i go to college with he use to ride pro trials back when he lived in england or something like that and just got picked up by sinister bikes. his bad knee is kind of like floating he can move it all over and his good knee his doc said is destroyed too.
    then i wrecked on the 5 foot droop at keystone hurt my back and chest ccouldn't move or breath good for a few weeks nothing serious.
    then a week ago i dislocated my ankle doing a 360 on my dj at the skate park been in a splint for a week now a walking cast for 4 weeks then i dont know what next the doc in the emergency room said i wont be riding for the rest of the year but will be able to ride again though

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    broke my wrist in an 8 hour race, finished the lap tho the worst part is this goddam cast, I broke off the thumb peice so i can ride, (not intense trails, im not that stupid) but im only a week and two days from getting it off. cant wait!! oh, and the cast smells like someone pooed in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenschaltz
    broke my wrist in an 8 hour race, finished the lap tho the worst part is this goddam cast, I broke off the thumb peice so i can ride, (not intense trails, im not that stupid) but im only a week and two days from getting it off. cant wait!! oh, and the cast smells like someone pooed in it
    Maybe someone did!! lol

    I had a cast on my left leg from the calf to mid thigh, it was really fun when it starts to itch. I was riding at six weeks with a soft caset very carfully and slowly. my knee still pains me from time to time. the leg shrunk down to the size of my arm.

    big mistake is to smoke when you have cast on. it will make you crazy, trying to escape.

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    stupid injuries...ever since this one i've been skiddish for the last year (since this i've broken my pinky and the fingernail popped out, and a big shoulder crash with a giaganto scar on my whole shoulder). doing some freeride junk, came off this easy jump and landed on my arm apparently. funny thing is i was thinking more up the trail where there were some bigger drops...goes to show you shouldn't let the mind wander during riding. broke the forearm, and had to get it plated. i had to push my new job out a week because i had surgery scheduled. haha
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    A few days ago, I broke my scapula and damaged the rotator cuff doing a downhill run over a jump. Screwed up the take-off, landed wrong and hit a tree. It all happened in about a second. Surgery may be possible on the shoulder, too soon to tell. Looking at three months of no riding and six for a full recovery (I hope).

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    Broke my back...while riding alone.

    Early sat morning on July 14th, hitting the local dirt jumps. Just one more then I'll head home. Went off the jump, foot came off the pedal, front wheel rotated on landing, and catapulted me head first into the next berm. Completely knocked the wind out of me and I thought "this is it, I'm done", then passed out. I wasn't out for very long b/c I could still hear the air coming out of my front tire as the tires had rolled off the rim. Trouble breathing and getting up. I just laid there for about 30 mins, then gathered myself and my bike and walked .5 mi back to the car. Couldn't load the bike on the rack but after a couple tries was able to get it into the back of my wagon. Drove home. There was a gouge in between my eyes and I knew i'd need stitches so I had the wife take me to the ER. xrays, ct scans etc. Found I had 3 Vertebral Compression Fractures to T3,T4,T5. I thank God I can still walk. Was back on the bike in about 6 weeks. But staying away from the dirt jumps for a long time.
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    dislocated my shoulder a few weeks ago while falling off a fat log.
    surprising part was that they found an old fracture in my arm with scar tissues healed over.

    apparently i was hit by a Benz when i was in middle school (7 years ago) while riding my bike and did the dumb thing of "walking it off."

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    Absolutely shattered my collarbone at Keystone, had to have surgery and all. Definitely the most painful thing I've ever gone through.

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    well it started one morning a few years ago, during exam week in grade 9. i had just done an exam and had another in the afternoon and i was at my friends house who lives close to the school and we had some food and decided to go for a quick ride. i was cruisin down the road and saw this concrete hip thing, i'd done it alot before, so i didnt think anything of it. when i hit it i was going to fast and i kinda flew/manualed down the other side and when i hit the ground my bike landed on my right leg. i didnt think i had done anything at first, just a minor hit. i tryed to stand and there was immediate pain so i decided to wait for the ambulance. turns out i had brokin my tib/fib in 7 places and the bone had shifted bad enough they had to stretch it and pull it back into place before they took me anywhere. had to have a big metal plate and a bunch of screws put in for like a year and a half, im good now but its been 3 years. it took along time to heal(about 2 years)

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    just broke my collarbone yesterday
    I broke mine left collarbone sunday afternoon , multiple fracture of my wrist and bruises everywhere ,, surgery scheduled on thursday...... Just overshoot big jump and no armor on my body. Be careful out there

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    basically the extent of my injuries. im kinda a puss tho, so what do you expect.

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    yeah, been there too, too many times . been down on road bikes several times. broke things on mt. bikes.

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    First major injuries

    After 15 years of mountain biking, I have finally had a serious crash. I endo'd to a face plant.

    Broken wrist, Broken nose, Broken nasal cavity, 5 stitches to nose. The rocky t says it all. Yo Adrian..................I did it

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    2 worst injuries from riding:

    -Broken Ribs
    -Torn ACL ligament in shoulder.(4 weeks off the bike)

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Not even out on the trail yet

    While waiting for my ten-year-old to helmet up and come with me on a ride a couple of years back I wheelied up the alley uphill past the house just to pass the time-second trip through I accidentally hit the trigger shift when I wheelied and jacked it down a gear. Needless to say, the extra leverage translated to a hi-ho Silver moment, sending the bike upward past my face. Wasn't ready when touchdown came, and hyperextended my right knee to the point that I came down looking at my shin. Swelled up like a soccer ball. Couple of xrays showed nothing cracked or dislocated, but the MRI showed a torn ACL and when the swelling went down, hurt like a mother to walk on for a couple of months. Turns out riding more helps strengthen the joint (surgery not an option right now) and that excuse gets me out more. I've already been told I won't be riding in the snow and ice this winter-better look for a trainer//

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    The only real injury I have had besides the normal scrapes and bruises, was when I broke my collar bone in a race back in Waco Texas (Cameron park)
    I was passing a rider on the single track between the river and the cliffs and hit a rock tha
    was hidden in the grass went over the bars landed on my shoulder and got up kinda dazed. The person I was passing stopped and asked if I was ok, I said yeah told him to go on then when I reached down to pick my bike up by the grip I felt my arm pull away from my body a good inch I dropped the bike and felt my collar bone and said Sh#$.
    I had to walk back and every couple of minutes another group of racers would come by so I have to stand in the grass as they passed while doing so I got stung by this huge bumble bee on my ankle twice before making in back out finding my buddy and going to the hospital.
    I think I ended up being the first person out of about 50 that ended up there from that race..

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    When I cut it open I could put my finders inside my knee! I was cut open that wide! Hopefully it will be the last time I look into the inside of my knee!!!!!! I started physical therapy to get movement in my leg yesterday after 3 weeks of it being straight. PAINFUL, but I can bend it >90 degrees now & improving!





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    That Looks nasty ......Cant believe you get away with your bike in the dining room... I would be so single if my wife came home and found my bike in the house...mmmmm that would open up alot more time to ride... I see where your going with this... Ill be back in a minute......Cheers Bluering

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    She is really into biking too & it is brand new. Once it goes to the trail it will be in the garage. It's great having a wife as into cycling as you! We keep our road bikes in our office. That is pretty cool!

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