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    Ok... I was 16 and was still racing BMX, i had only gone around the track 2 times before the qualifying race. I get up to the gate and like a bat out of hell i take off, i am just wooping the competition into the first berm, but low and behold there is a 4-6 pedal gap between the berm and the first double, it leads into a triple set, so i speed up and try and speed jump the first double as i would usually do, but the landing is a little higher then i anticipated... i clip the front tire and fall right on my head. i broke T5, T6, and compacted both, spent some time in the hospital, luckily i did not touch my spinal cord or getting back on my feet would have taken a lot longer then it did. Was 8 months before I touched my bike (doctor still said I shouldn’t have) and another 4 months before I could take off the half body cast I had.
    My body has certainly wandered a good deal, but I have an uneasy suspicion that my mind has not wandered enough. -N.C.

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    A Little Mountain, A Little Road

    Mountain: Broken collar bone, three broken rib and a broke finger. I’ve since been down the same trail 50 times and I still have no idea what happened. I guess gravity just didn’t like me that day?

    Road: Dislocated elbow, shattered radial head. Cars hurt! At one time, I use to think PT meant “Physical Therapy”. Now I know I was completely wrong, PT means “Pain and Torture!”
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    a new shoulder
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    i was riding home from school one day, my back tire slid from under me, hit the curb, and my head went into a telephone pole... i got a minor concussion and broke a helmet i got 5 days prior to the incident. the next day i was riding in a forest behind my house, i was on a gravel trail, new gravel had just been put down so it was pretty loose, i lost my balance probably because of the concussion, and fell on my left arm, dislocated my elbow (went back into place about a second later) and i was tangled up in the bushes with my bike. I got cuts on my knee because of the gravel and my shin because of the chainring too. I went to the hospital, got a half-cast put on, four days later it was taken offf, then two days after that i was getting into bed, put to much weight on the elbow, and it dislocated again, the x-ray showed about an inch of space between where the bone was and where it was supposed to be. what followed was 2 hours in the emergency room, 3 weeks with another half-cast, and 5 weeks with a full arm brace.
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    last feb. while riding through baylor campus a chick got me with her car.

    my worst injury from that incident wasnt so much a single injury as the synergistic effect of the multiple injuries i sustained from her failure to yeild. they included...

    • shattered right clavicle
    • completely separated right shoulder
    • cracked sternum
    • several broken ribs
    • serious concussion
    • badly sprained wrists
    • lots o' road rash


    been fortunate on a mtb, and other than splitting my ear completely through after hitting a tree my worst injury on a mtb happened on the way to the trail while i was in moab. we were riding out to amasa back and right past the coin laundry i hopped up onto the curb and was riding the edge of it at about 22 mph when my one of my tires slipped off and sent me head first into the sidewalk.

    got a real bad concussion from that one. cops/ambulance showed up and when they were trying to get me into the ambulance i started screaming "dont take me to jail, im not drunk" and ran out into the middle of the street and tried to walk the solid yellow line, then leaned my head back, held out my arms, and started touching my nose. then i ran from everyone when they tried to get me out of the middle of the road and into the ambulance, kinda like ricky bobby did when he thought he was on fire. 'cept i had my clothes on. oh, and in the emergency room i apparently had a "man itch" that i scratched with wild abandon completely oblivious to my surroundings. gotta love concussions.
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    Good job!

    Ouch. you must love pain!
    I've been there so I know. when I was in the ER for a broken knee the nurses totally killed me. however they were very hot. one decided to test the knee for stability and twisted it back an forth. I almost passed out and yeah it was broken!! T fracture across the joint.

    Then while I was leaving one of the nurses was kinda pissed because I was flirting with the hot nurses. so she took over the wheel chair and "accidently" swung it around and collected a post with my bronken knee. I love pain. but not that much!

    They put on a soft cast after 6 weeks and started riding. It was doctors orders to start on a stationary bike. I figured if i can ride a stationary i can just as well ride my mt. bike., so I began riding again.

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    Compound fracture of the fib and tib in lower right leg. Broken right femur. Crushed right shoulder requiring surgical repair. Numerous concussions. And, lots lots more minor injuries.

    But that was motocross. Glad I gave that up!

    Mtb -- lots of cuts and scrapes and bumps and bruises, but just the right clavicle as far as broken bones. Noticed a family on a hike with kids playing on the rocks. Watched a little too long because when I looked forward again I was headed off the trail. And over the bars. And to the ER. Ouch!

    Apparently I tend to fall on my right side . . .

    I whacked my right leg with the bars during an awkward moment a while back. Golf-ball sized lump formed within minutes. I was trying to decide whether to ride back to the truck or continue on, so I asked opinions of other riders. One guy said "What is your body telling you?" I snapped "THAT WAS STUPID!! DON'T DO IT AGAIN!!!" I continued the ride, no ill effects.

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    Here is the point form version.....

    Full tilt on a slight decent with a mild bend to the left.
    Some dolt filled in a huge pothole with gravel and covered it with dirt.
    hit the "dirt over gravel" patch
    wheel slightly turned, sank in the gravel and turned all the way left.
    (had bar ends back then) went over the bars but my wrist hit the bar end
    landed on my shoulder and head
    got up and kept riding for another few hours and drove home
    went to a BBQ with all the riding group
    sitting on the deck and said outloud "I only see sparkling tinsel out of my left eye"
    off to the hospital and blacked out..........
    woke up in a stange place with a person shining a light in my eye
    freaked out and ended up being pinned down by security due to my screaming
    after calming down they explained the brain swelling, concusion, temporary blindness, the arm sling for the separated shoulder and the cast for the broken finger, hand and wrist.

    Amazing what you can still do when your brain has been jarred to the point that it doesn't react to your body's injuries. I scared the crap out of that nurse though, kinda felt bad after.
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    Good job! i love mountain biking

    I have gone over the handle bars to many times to count... each time has knocked the wind out of me(always have landed on my back). couple of weeks ago was doing some DH on a local DH trail, nothing complicated at all just fun, i made it down the whole mountain without a hitch, until i got to the bottom, i don't know how fast i was going... probably 25 mph, but at the bottom is nice compact dirt with nasty loose gravel all over the top. i was going into the turn at the bottom when my front wheel sliped all the way off the side of the trail and i found myself sliding down a massive rock in the ground. whole right side was cut up and got 7 stiches in my right elbow. rode down the whole mountain the next day.

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    5 weeks ago in the A M. You can bet your arse if the sun is out I am going to get a ride in to celebrate! F...ed up My spring races though.

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    I was racing bmx in 95 when I completely missed a landing. I broke my hand, separated my right shoulder, broke my left shoulder, broke my nose and lossened my two front teeth. The kids I went to school with though I was in a car wreck.
    I can't shred.

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    Scarred

    Nothing too serious!

    I broke my collar bone on my road bike - check tis out, it was the day before my weeks mountain biking trip to slovenia! I was too bus worrying about the cars behind me not to notice the bushes sticking right out in the road!

    Another time I was doing a really steep downhill on my local training hill, like the one I know off the back of my hand! and for some reason (and i have never seen this before) the front wheel just locked and catapulted me through the air - took a severve blow to my head which knocked me out! Luckily I always wear a helmet - the helmet was split in half & the doctor told me I would probably have suffered brain damage if i wasn't wearing one[although we will never know]! MY head was proper ****ed - all swollen on the right side of my face, I was getting some proper looks!!

    loads of small cuts and scars on arms and legs & chest from small tumbles over the
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    i'm thinking we should set up a 'scars 1 year later' section or something,
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    split my head

    I once busted my head wide open. Broke all my fingers in one crash. I had to walk from the trail to the car with blood dripping everywere. I did not know I was so bloody and why people were looking at me horrified until i looked in the mirror.
    I cracked my head literally above my eyebrow, and you could see the bone of my skull. The fall was on some lame corner, nothing techincal at all, I was just tired and did not pay attention.

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    nothing too serious touch wood got some pretty good scars though and of course the mandatory shin scars for pedal slip
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    Smile injury

    Nothing major, just starting out..

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    Some gnarly carnage on here. Guess I'm lucky:

    MTB:

    2000 -- Broken / Bruised ribs
    2001 -- Clavicle Break
    2002 -- Compressed disc c6/c7
    2007 -- Bruised Hip
    2008 -- Deep Thigh Bruise (Bad)

    Skate/Snow/Surf/Work:

    1978 Broken right wrist - skate
    1985 Broken left wrist -skate
    1986 Puncture wound / Lacerated Hamstring - surf
    1992 Partially torn Achilles Tendon - work
    1993 Broken Right wrist -snowboard

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    Worst injury so far. Torn ACL and medial meniscus. Physical therapist thinks parital PCL tear. Looking at surgery. I am not aloud to ride my bike for at least six weeks.

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    had a pretty good one today.....
    was out doin some dirt jumping, hit a jump that goes down a hill. Its about a 13 foot drop to where the "sweet spot" of the landing is. Went off super squirly today for some reason, even though ive hit it like 50 times, went bigger than usual, landed sideways, skidded down the hill on my side and elbow. Should have gotten stitches on my elbow for some deep cuts, but I didn't. My knee is swollen and hurts to move, so i will have to wait and see about that one, but mostly pretty darn sore and scraped up really bad...

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    1st injury that puts me out of comission on my mountainn bike, I have had several in other sports inclduing hockey. 1st time trying out dual slalom, and I should have known better than to clip in. Having fun in the 1st lane, then switched over thinking I am good to go. Didn't see that this roll in was steeper and off camber. Dropped in full force, buried my wheel, and landed on my head and shoulder. Anyway, got what they called an AC separation, basically didn't break the bone, just permanently dislocated it and have the bone wanting to poke through my body to show for it. Steve Peat was on the course as well and saw me go down, he came over and had the diagnosis spot on. Then he proceeded to show me his, very pretty... I will post my Xray when I get a chance.
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    Best Birthday Present Ever!

    The morning of my 35th b-day, after a month of lower back pain but feeling good this January morning, I hopped in the shower and dropped the soap. Like a gorilla I bent over and picked it up. I could hear the L5S1 disc blow in my inner ear and I, well, bent and screaming still went to work for a little while. I was really messed up and tried to tell myself it would get better. I tried odd therapies and stayed somewhat active for a month and then began to hear the soft whispers of the 'S' word. I saw my doc after 25 days out and he said I should see the neurosurgeon. I did. I failed his little test. On this Wed afternoon in 1997 he asked me if I was busy at 5am on Friday. I wasn't. Got real drunk Wed nite and hurled on the wife's drapes at 3am. That pissed her off some.

    So, the doc surgically removed the busted chunks of disc, shaved some of the 5th lumbar off (the 45 min video of it is actually sort of boring), and - here I would surmise b/c I was heavily sedated, somehow tucked my spinal cord back into the ventral (?) hole of my lumbar and sewed it up. Yeah, the spinal cord was pinched shut from my waist on down and I was 80% numb. Shouldn't have been able to walk, let alone ski or shovel snow off my garage roof, but I did. Shouldn't have, I was later informed. My buddies had a very applicable nickname for me for those few weeks though... ??

    Three more things: 1) coming off Morphine sucks, 2) the worst PAIN of my entire life came a week following the surgery when the Lortab painkiller/muscle-relaxant drugs bound me up for 8 days straight and the hemorhoids I received as a result - oh-my-God, my eyes are watering again as I recall those moments, and 3) I did the therapy and gave up on running pavement. Healed up, and then began mtnbiking seriously at the age of 38. Raced Expert hard in '03 and won the old guy class. Still riding...

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    Of all the injuries I've had, I have to say the worse one was dislocating my elbow. Mostly because when I was in school they said adult elbows don't dislocate, they break.

    I was coming down a steep decent where there were a bunch of humps in the trail. Probably so you will slow down. They were too close together to jump. I was doing good until the last one, when my suspension fork broke inside and jammed up causing me to go over the bars. I thought I was ok. I hit my head, no surprise and I only had minor scrapes. When my buddies caught up with me (they went slow, good for them) they asked if I was ok. I said "I'm fine, but my arm is stuck"

    One of my friends pointed out that it won't move because its dislocated. I looked down and sure enough, both the ulna and radius were pushed out the back of my elbow and the skin was torn a little from the tension. I told them to go back to the car and call an ambulance since I obviously needed to go to the hospital.

    To make a long story short, when all was said and done, I had a dislocated elbow with bone chips, a grade II concussion, chip fracture in the right wrist and a grade III shoulder separation. The shoulder separation took over a year to feel better. Grade three means you tear all the ligaments at the AC joint. Still looks funny, my clavicle sticks up a couple of inches. The xray showed 15mm of separation, supposed to be 3mm.

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    Two busted teef.

    Out on the trail is the only place I can smile proudly now.

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    Broke a bone in my hand catching myself flying over the handlebars and poison ivy.
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    Broke my neck 2 weeks ago...

    I broke C1 C2 C6 and C7, and am lucky to be walking!

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    Busted hip and 10 months on crutches

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    gonna need some history on that one...

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    Good grief, I guess that was a knee.
    Get healed + no infection!

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    Yes, it is a knee. No good story, simple Friday afternoon ride, front wheel washed out, knee hit rock, knee explodes, tears patellar tendon. I wrapped it up, rode out and went to the ER. Took 2 hours to clean it up, dirt was packed in my knee. Been on some strong antibiotics since the accident. Had surgery 3 days after the accident, had to repair the tendon and re-clean everything. Stapled up and all good now. Not much movement, full weight bearing, will start my PT next week. Hopefully will be back on the bike before too long.

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    I had a nasty spill and got a nice compound fracture of my forearm when I was about 17....it was fantastic haha

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    I was riding with a cast (broke my thumb messing around on some hurdles off the bike) and went off a jump. Of course, I couldn't hold onto the bars firmly and endoed right onto my cast. Rebroke my thumb and had to explain to the doctor why my hand wasn't healing and why my cast was crammed with dirt and ground down. Could also be my dumbest injury.

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    completely all around crushed arm pulling a jump on one of these bad boys when i was like 12

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    medial cuneiform fracture in my foot.

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    Got hit by a car last year. Concussion along with 2 broken ribs and a 3rd degree separated shoulder.
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    MTB: cracked thoracic vertebrae and damage to end plates in several cervical and thoracic discs (too a header, literally, into a ditch off a bridge section).

    Road: concussion, severe bone bruising to both knees, numerous abrasions, after getting hit by a car. lucky, could have been much worse. I don't like cars anymore.

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    Chance fracture of L1.
    Dual Spiral fracture of left Tibia.
    30+ Shoulder Dislocations.
    Dislocated Thumb.

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    Currently, i have 5 broken vertebrates in my lower back.

    1 year ago, i broke my finger and 2 years ago, i had a lateral release and orthoscopic surgery in my right knee.

    the back injury takes the cake.

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    Broke my nose, might have fractured my left arm, concussion, lots of memory lose, bruised rib and all on no pain meds. It was a horrible 2 weeks while it was healing fully.

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    my worst was actually a BMX accident but still in the trails (dirt jumping). i cased the lip of the landing and went up over the bars and slid in a head stand position for about 5 feet.

    broke 3 teeth, broke my big toe, pulled a muscle in my neck and lower back(lower back is still messed up and this was about 4 years ago), and had a severe concusion (1 of the 9 in my life haha)

    overall it wasn't to, to bad. my big toe pissed me off the most though!

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    Not quite sure what I did, but a month or so ago (28 hours after I got my new C'dale F5) I was riding on the road with a friend, when I suddenly ended up on the ground. I had to have been going atleast 25-30mph becaues my cycle computer said 20mph was my top speed at the top of the hill and when I checked after the crash it said 32mph. Ended up with a rather crooked nose (and lots of blood on the top of my shirt), a couple of scrapes, and a spraned wrist, but worse than that, my rotor and brake levers got bent making the bike unridable. And of course there were many good sams. near by, which would have been a good thing had I not been feeling fine and pissed about the bike("Are you ok?" "Should we call 911?") . Not my worst crash, but I was the one where I got hurt the worst.

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    Some small scratches with or without stitches,torn my ligaments in my right anckle getting my bike out of the garage
    Some bruisses,nothing ever serious besides those ligaments.
    Friend of mine broke his back in a marathon in the Ardens(Belgium) and still finished the race "I think there's something wrong with my back"he said.After 2 months he was back on the bike for gentle ride's.

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    worst ever

    I just crashed big time almost cost me my life and limbs. found out later I had 3 fractuered vertebrae, 1 neck c1, 2 spine t2/t3. I was solo on Chesebro road in Agura, Ca, been down this trail almost weekly, but this time crashed going down hill on a stepped terraced revine. I hit a large rock dropping into one of the steps. the bike stopped and I went over the bars downhill and hit head first into rocks. probably 5 to 8 foot drop after being catapaulted over the bars. helmet flattened and cracked on inside. I'm sure it save my life.

    I was stunned and temporarily lost motor control of my limbs. saw stars, head hurt like hell, neck and back pain. rider came along and kept me still. couple of riders rode down to contact rangers. horse back rangers arrive about 20 minutes later. they called in sheriffs Medvac. They pulled my out from about 1000 ft. up or more the clear the trees.

    I was in the ICU for 4 days. on my back.w/ iv, oxy sensor, cather, blood pressure, and ekg attached to my chest and calf massagers to prevent clottine. Just like ER but not as much fun.They had me standing on 2nd day. walking on 3rd, I had to learn how to walk all over again and after PT on 4th day was discharged.

    So after all of that, and the pain and after my second crash at about the same spotl, I have seriouse doughts about ever returning to single track mt. biking. will probably start again on short paved bike path stents. but no more down hills for me.
    I was lucky, and had angels looking over me. I could have been a quad or dead. it was that close. I started work today after 3weeks out.

    so for now no more mt. bikes. I'm not feelling it right now.

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    Best of luck,nagatahawk. Cheers and take care,maybe one day you get the "mood" again.Just cruizin' with a bike can be a joy to.

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    Disslocated Tailbone...

    I'm 8 weeks post-op for shoulder surgery and am doing better, still can't ride off road, however I have a severely disslocated tailbone which is killing me. I was told yesterday that I need to have it removed. I can't live with the pain any longer and I can't ride my bike comfortably anymore.

    Anyone else dealt with a tailbone injury? It occured when I did an endo over my handlebars on the Schweitzer downhill trail. Now I can barely sit for five mintues. Need it out ASAP so I can start recovery to ride again this fall maybe.

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    ... and if we just ... Hurt

    Decided to play around in a BMX area that we found while riding the trails of a local state park.

    I was having fun riding over some small gaps and then decided to put two together. Bad move.

    Front tire hit the back of the second gap and over the bars I went, I have never hit the ground that hard before.

    Damage broken right forearm ( closed compound fracture) and a cracked left radial head(elbow joint).

    After three surgery's to repair everything I am healing well with some PT to get the left arm to work right again.

    I will be off the bike for a few more months.

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    it was so badly shattered that my hand even swelled up, lost most distal nerve function too, it kept me off the bike for 3 years... and it didnt even happen on one!

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    Just released from hospital last night. 5 broken ribs, 3 front 2 at back, broken and dislocated collarbone, and a partially deflated left lung.
    I knew I was going to get hurt when I was looking down at the ground from 4 metres up, and going 50 km/hr.

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    Man, I've been seeing some of ya'lls surgeries and they look pretty gnarly. If you ever bust your stuff in SA, see if you can get Dr. Pete McGanity. He fixed me up nice, considering the intense condition of my break (picture putting your foot in a log, then falling sideways). Plus my leg doesn't look like Frankenstein put me back together with all the scar trails (despite 2 surgeries).

    Tib/Fib fracture....Fib in 2 places:





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    jcruzn,
    I'll bet your glad to get out of ICU, except for the really nice nurses and pt therapist.(Los Robles Hospital)
    Ive been there.
    have a speedy recovery.

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    I had a front tire blow out on Mt. Tam's Railroad Grade. Took a spill. I felt ok, but it turns out I had a mild concussion. I did get a new helmet from Bell out of it through their replacement program.
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    worst injury

    A couple of years ago, some friends and i were riding a area where dirt bikes frequent. I walked my bike up the steep hill, jumped on rode down, hit a jump probably meant for a DB cased the landing and got ejected from the bike. I land on my side and broke my femur and hip, DOH, a lifestar heli ride and some surgery (TI rod, ball joint replacement) and i was good as new. Well in a six months or so i was riding again, just a little more aprehensive about jumping now.

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    Crashed on 07-31-08. Broken left shoulder (fractured Caracoid process, fractured Scapula, dislocation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikeilers
    I broke C1 C2 C6 and C7, and am lucky to be walking!
    erik, I feel your pain,
    I broke the same, c1 et al, and have been told I am lucky to be alive not to mention walk and swing my arms. I now have 4 weeks to go to remove the my Neck collar. "Miami."

    After starting to feel proud of myself, I have had one set back. I now take it slow and day by day.

    have a safe recovery
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    [QUOTE=nagatahawk]erik, I feel your pain,
    I broke the same, c1 et al, and have been told I am lucky to be alive not to mention walk and swing my arms. I now have 4 weeks to go to remove the my Neck collar.

    YIKES! How did that happen (so I can NOT do that)?

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    [QUOTE=swoodbrn]
    Quote Originally Posted by nagatahawk
    erik, I feel your pain,
    I broke the same, c1 et al, and have been told I am lucky to be alive not to mention walk and swing my arms. I now have 4 weeks to go to remove the my Neck collar.

    YIKES! How did that happen (so I can NOT do that)?
    It was an accident!! first one dropping into a steep rock ravine., on the second terrace and hit boulder on the bottom of the drop, went flying w otb head first on top of my head. Helmet saved my life here. Ive been on this drop many times before but...
    also dumb! second minor concussion when in the car I had my visor down over the drivers door, hit it when exhiting. Although slight hit, I got concussion symptoms immediatley, felt like the car fell on my head. I cannot have any impacts probably for the next year.

    for accident I cannot prevent I should wear full face helmet, neck brace, there are many availble. shoulder pads would have helped to. I received collateral damage to sosft tissue, around the shoulder. my knee guards saved by knees.

    You can prevent most crashes by taking mt. bike handling coursses, and for the accidental crashes that happens to even the pros, body armor will help.

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    I went down July 7th in Downieville… caught a log/root with my pedal I think going about 20mph. Did a superman over the bars and my 280 pound Clyde body hit the ground hard… dislocated my left shoulder & broke my right wrist. Had to hike out about six miles… was not fun. Doing PT now on my shoulder and my wrist is still in a cast you don’t heal fast at 41.

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    broken jaw, broken arn, same accident

    My third time riding. I was wired shut until a week ago (6 weeks total). I drank a LOT of Ensure. A broken jaw is awful. I'm actually on my way in ten minutes to the orthodontist to see if I can get help with my bite. My ears pop, my jaw crackles. It's really a bad injury.

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    Ivy,
    I have 3 weeks an 3 days to go (out of 12 weeks total) to remove my cervical neck brace. my migrains have subsided to early mornings only. I have learned to take it slow an not push it.

    It has only been 6 weeks, thing will get better, i can assure you. After a hard hit, the body takes a while to heal.

    Hang in there,
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    Ouch - how'd that happen?

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    Thought I was gettin good at this and we all know what happened next. Bike dumped me hard and broke my left shoulder blade 2 weeks ago. Didn't eat it on a technical part, just a dirt single track...hit some leaves and SEEEEE YAAAA!!!! Had to ride another 5 miles to get out, gotta love adreniline Any ideas on how long this will keep me out???

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    1984: got hit by a 25 ton water transport truck that blew a stop sign = broken pelvis, shoulder, ankle, concussion. ruined my day
    1986: crashed on the NORBA Shimano Carlsbad Downhill, compressed 2 vertebrae, blessed with an upper body cast uh, yeah ...

    All better now

    have determined I am allergic to emergency rooms,
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    six week to 12 weeks to heal broken bones. then some rehab to strengthen you upper body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnePointFive
    Yes, it is a knee. No good story, simple Friday afternoon ride, front wheel washed out, knee hit rock, knee explodes, tears patellar tendon. I wrapped it up, rode out and went to the ER. Took 2 hours to clean it up, dirt was packed in my knee. Been on some strong antibiotics since the accident. Had surgery 3 days after the accident, had to repair the tendon and re-clean everything. Stapled up and all good now. Not much movement, full weight bearing, will start my PT next week. Hopefully will be back on the bike before too long.


    That's pretty damn impressive. I wouldn't have been able to see the trail through the kindergarten girl like tears I would have been crying if I'd looked down and seen that mess.

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    Fell trying to clear a table top on my 29er Bent the rear hub on the bike, I didnt ride for 2 weeks afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazyracer
    1984: got hit by a 25 ton water transport truck that blew a stop sign = broken pelvis, shoulder, ankle, concussion. ruined my day
    1986: crashed on the NORBA Shimano Carlsbad Downhill, compressed 2 vertebrae, blessed with an upper body cast uh, yeah ...

    All better now

    have determined I am allergic to emergency rooms,
    Dude!
    I'm glad you survived both your life threatening traumas. I hate ER's and ICUs.

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    [QUOTE=lazyracer][
    1986: crashed on the NORBA Shimano Carlsbad Downhill,
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    I'll wonder if that is the same downhill i used to race motocross on? I remember the downhill on the International track was probably 1/4 of a mile down. There were a couple of ramp jumps on the downhill where we would sail about 30 feet. I was a lot younger then and thought nothing of it, actually loved it! we were running 12 inches of travel, full body armor and boots. I would never do that on a mt. bike.

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    I've never been hurt on my bike except for scrapes and bruises. The only serious injury I've ever had was a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff when I was in 10th grade, about 6 years ago. I had to have it surgically repaired. I was snowboarding, and I went over a jump that was way beyond my skill level. I don't do jumps anymore.

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    Besides breaking my back mountain biking. collapsing a lung, dislocating/seperating a shoulder? I was about 11 years old I had a new schwinn BMX bike which I had not taken the rear axle kick stand off of, you remember those. Well I wrecked pretty hard on the track practicing and the kick stand opened I got tangled in the bike and the kick stand ripped open my knee- it took 35 stitches to close up, beside my shoe coming off and taking the skin off my left foot when it dragged on the ground.

    Thats about it.

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    VERY painful, but not an impediment

    I broke six ribs coming down Bunker Hill in Downieville several years ago. Two of them, the ends didn't meet & it was months before cartilage formed an then, later, turned to bone. About a year & 1/2 before they were something other than a hinge. Was on Vicodin for for 3+ months. Big mistake. should have weaned my self off much sooner. Couldn't sleep on my back for over a month. I was riding again, cautiously, in a couple of weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berry Stevens
    I broke six ribs coming down Bunker Hill in Downieville several years ago. Two of them, the ends didn't meet & it was months before cartilage formed an then, later, turned to bone. About a year & 1/2 before they were something other than a hinge. Was on Vicodin for for 3+ months. Big mistake. should have weaned my self off much sooner. Couldn't sleep on my back for over a month. I was riding again, cautiously, in a couple of weeks.
    It's always good to hear about recovery. I am slowly recovering from a head, neck and back injury. As for the pain medication, from what I have learned during my recovery the doctors are directed to give the patient comfort first irregardless of any resulting, addiction, constipation or other issues. They say the patience comfort is first then deal with the consequences later.

    I prefer riding as my cure.

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    Biking injury

    broken arm. double compound fracture and shattered five bones. it took me a long 6 mos. before I got back on the saddle again.
    fortunately, i'm able to ride again with my wife to places like d'ville, mammoth, SDF, moab, etc., etc.
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    Perhaps mine aint so bad compared to broken things or bleeding things....but I have the injury that keeps giving and giving....IT band issues. Sometimes I wish I could trade it for a broken bone...at least that has a decent chance at healing.

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    almost compound broken clavical, fixed with a Ti plate



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    broke my collar bone last season on the last jump of frieght train. It sucked big time, but im back on the bike now. I was sitting a little off the trail after i wrecked, and a
    bunch of guys rode by and yalled at me for gouging the trail. Does that make any dense to you? any way, you prolly wanna see the x ray, though it looks like someone beat me to the punch. I cant fint it. Sorry. Anyways, other than that, i havn't broke much. I get lots of padel wounds tho
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    I have never broken anything yet ! The worst injury so far is a herniated disc in my lower back.
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    Ripped a sirloin steak sized chunk of meat off of the side of my left knee in late Sept. 05, exposing my patella, my LCL and part of my lower leg bone when I bounced off a rock garden. Had 6kms to ride down the mountain as I was riding solo, and then had to drive 70kms to the hospital with a 5-speed manual transmission.(That was the most painful part!) Put an airhole into my knee joint and had to have it scoped & spent 3 days in hospital.
    Back on the bike in 26 days!

    My GF knocked out 4 teeth during her last lap of the 24hrs of Adrenaline in Canmore in july when she endoed off a jump, twisted her knee, and did a face plant. Tough girl was mad they wouldn't let her finish her lap!

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    It's been 5 months since my crash. I am recovering from a concussions, compressed and fractured neck and back vertebrae. At 3 months I began riding around the block, then gradually built up to 20 miles. I ride my road bike and take several breaks to rest. so far I am staying on the beach bike path.

    Last week end will be almost 5 months since the crash and I took my first mt. bike ride with a beginners group. I should have waited another 3 months, but it really felt good to get back on the bike and on dirt trails! I bonked out after we reach to turn around point. I thought I was in the wrong gear, but it was me. I bonked. My head, neck, back and knees all started complaining all at the same time. I also had balance issues, my chiro will be giving me excercises to improve the balance.

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    no serious injuries on the bike since the late '80's,but on the job,i broke my neck (C4 & 5) 3-31-01,and split my left index finger in 1/2 (bone,nerves,tendons/etc) 11-1-01,and put a hairline fractue in my right big toe yesturday.
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    I tore my acl this summer. I was coaching a kids camp and we where at a bmx type track and I was jumping with all the kids watching and I crashed, pretty hard. I set quite the example. It was the second to last day of camp, I had made it all summer long upright.

    I had to leave early and go to the ER, good thing there was another coach there. It effectivly ended my race season, which was a bummer because I was pretty fit and having a good year. And it kept me from cross racing, I was really bummed about that.

    It has been almost 3 months and my knee is still all swollen and hurts. I can ride and run and stuff, but it really takes some fun out of it with the pain. I still have to ice it daily and am favoring it.

    I just wish that if I was going to crash that hard that I was going off a big jump and trying to go huge instead of the little jumps that the kids could clear.

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    Far and away, the shattered collarbone on 10-22. 6 pieces, repaired with 8 screws and a stainless plate. Still not back to work, either.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    How? These people who report the injury, but not the cause...how can I learn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoodbrn
    How? These people who report the injury, but not the cause...how can I learn?
    You can ask them?

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    Compartment Syndrome

    Date : September 2,2007
    Time : 10:30am
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    It was a beautiful morning, sunny and calm with temp's in the low 90's. Had been out on a local XC trail before the group headed to the local bagel shop for some mid ride refueling. We had a 5 mile road ride back to the homestead. About half way back I decided to practice my wheelies which I had been getting pretty good at after the purchase of a Muni.
    all of the sudden I started to fall over backwards so I simply stepped off the bike which decided to trip me since its plan to make me fall on my A** didn't work. Luckily for me I was in a patch of grass so I basically did a dive roll only bumping my right Quad on the seat in the process and stood back up.

    Fast Forward 5 hours (about 3pm)

    Sitting down with friends to play cards and get ready for a good BBQ Rib Eye, I notice a pain in the quad that I bumped and decide that its just a minor cramp. Problem is, that "cramp" keeps getting worse and more painful.

    Fast Forward 6 hours (about 9pm)
    Here I am laying on the floor with 3 friends all that had been telling me that I need to get my leg looked at when I realize that my entire lower leg is going cold. So I call the fire department and see if they can send someone up to help me to my friends car, to which they reply " Sure, be there in about 2 minutes ( can see the station from the house and know the entire crew)." They help me to the car and ask what hospital I am going to and tell me to go to another one instead. Turns out It was very good advice from them.

    At the hospital they get me a wheelchair and get all my info then roll me to the waiting room. While I'm sitting there waiting for what I think will be at least an hour, a passing Dr. sees the size of my swollen leg and tells the check in nurse to get me in the back (Good ER Doctor). They decide after a few basic checks that they need to get a pressure reading on my quad that's now about 2x the normal size. Now normal pressure is between 5 and 7 PSI as a reference for those who may not know. When they checked mine the pressure had built to 26 on the top of the quad and 36 on the side.

    To this point I had refused all pain killers due to the fact that I'm stubborn and like to know what going on.

    from the time they got the pressure readings, things started to get a bit crazy. within 5 minutes of the reading I was in or prep where they told me they had to open my leg up to fix whatever the problem was. That was the moment that i said I would take the pain killers. Its really odd when a Dr says they don't know whats wrong but we have to look inside to find out.

    Fast Forward to 2:45am
    Wake up in the hospital with an incision from my knee to my hip with the muscle sticking out about 2 inches. Not a good sight to wake up to.
    2 weeks in the hospital
    4 surgeries to close the leg back up
    No work for 16 months
    Leg muscles in both legs shriveling away leads to 3rd ACL replacement on Left knee on 3-17-08 along with removing scar tissue build up in the right knee from the Quad
    9-19-08 more tissue removal from left knee

    Dr's Diagnosis as to why this happened is I blew a blood vessel inside the quad. One has to just love having an aneurysm.

    For those with a morbid fascination of gory pics I have included a link.

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    Be warned before looking they may turn your stomach.

    Other than that:
    1 rotator cuff tear from a K5 Blazer making an illegal left turn
    1 Right Wrist socket shattered
    Countless scrapes, cuts, gouges, and bruises

    Finally in the last month I have started to get back on the bike and am working to get back in shape between PT and Rides. Though the quad will never be the same, one still has to get out and ride through the pain.
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    So what was the deal? Why did it balloon?

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    rbtcha,
    wow, what drama
    at least i got a ride in a helo.
    Actually I hated it!
    Keep riding it's the only thing that keeps me sane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoodbrn
    So what was the deal? Why did it balloon?
    Thought I put that in there but seems I shouldnt post when im half asleep.
    Anyways Ive edited it in.

    Had an aneurysm inside the muscle of the quad which caused the pressure to build.
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    Pretty minor league compared to most in here but hey..I just started riding. It was my first trip to the desert.

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    about three weeks ago while commuting home from work I swerved to miss something (dog maybe a srub trukey) when off the path, bike stopped i went over the bars and landed hard on my head and left wrist.

    at first i shook if off and kept riding home, with a very bent front wheel, not the best thing to do.my neck was starting to get a bit pianful and i could no longer grip the bars with my hand, but made it home.

    the result was a intra-articular fracture of the discal radius.


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    went off a kicker some jack off thought it would be cool to leave some **** on the landing, got bucked off my bike left side of my body hit a tree traumatic dislocation left shoulder and my shoulder was in my cracked rib
    kept me off the bike for a couple o months.

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    i think you said that your shoulder was in your cracked rib...

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    having a chainring dig into your calve i still have a scar from it.

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    It's been 8 months since my almost catostropic crash. concussion symtoms are gone, neck has about 80 % rotaion, back has pain after long rides.

    first single track ride this year after coming back from head, neck and back injuries, was 8 + miles on flats and mild single track, longest ride was 16 miles with 1300 ft climb. Then next week bonked in the heat after 1 mile. yup pushing to hard too soon. this week end watched the boob tube. Go Lakers! next weekend I will be trying out my new wheel set, derailer and crankset.

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    2Nd degree

    2 degree burns from a wipe out on a short road area beween two loops

    Abrasion to bone on elbows from wipe out after small jump on gravel&earth........what made me realize it was serious was the looks on the peoples faces after I resumed to ride back home

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    Spinal Cord Injury

    On Saturday, I crashed hard on a drop off after my right foot came off the pedal. Besides the usual cuts and scrapes, both hands were burning like mad. I brushed off the injuries and continued to ride. Monday morning, after my MRI, I found I had severly compressed my spinal cord when a disk exploded. I now have a titanium plate in my neck.

    Take my advice, if you have any unexplained pain, especially if it is in both hands and/or arms after you crash, get emergency attention immediately! I had no idea how badly injured I was. I'm told by my doctor that I am lucky to be walking.

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    This thread is great; you guys are hardcore, mad props! I love it...

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    I have Digital X=rays somewhere. Last fall I did the classic flip over the handle bars rolling along at about 20 mph down a tight single track run in AK. The trail was peanut buttery mess and I slid off the natural fall line into a tree I sawed out of the way years before. Rather than landing on my face, I tried rolling to my shoulder. I thought it was dislocated, like when I was playing football. I threw my arm around in big circles and after realizing how bad that hurt I felt my left shoulder with my right hand and could feel a sharp pointy bone sticking through my shirt and skin. 4 miles later I was home and to the hospital to get bolted back together. 2 months later I was 100 %. Kind of a nice break from work, and since the transition between ski and riding season was on, I didn't miss much. Scared about my Moab/St. George/Whistler trips this summer. Stuff could go terribly wrong.
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    Ok, let me say at the start I'm 50 years old, so I've had time to add a few things up.

    MTB-Since 1985

    Collarbone 1986

    A rib or two 2006

    Right arm just below elbow, required plate and 13 screws. 2007

    Right Femur- 4 places, required 24" rod, large bolt into hip socket and a clamp around the femur 2" below the hip.
    (This happened Dec 7th 2008, I'm walking now, not great but will get there)

    Off Road Moto racing 1977-1992

    Various toes
    Three different fingers
    Left hand
    Scapula
    Colorbone
    Compression fractures of T6-T7 (back)
    Ankle

    What is strange is that the femur was done a very slow speed in place you would never expect anyone to get hurt.
    The arm was done in a kinda bad place, As I had got off the trail.
    (Over the edge)
    Those were the only one's that required surgery to repair.

    One of the earlier posters had said reading this was kind of like a train wreck. That's true but at least some of us now feel like we are NOT the only ones to get hurt doing things we like or that we may be good at.

    Hopefully I'll get back to the "good at" part later this year.

    Good luck to the rest of you.

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    The only serious injuries I've had it a couple bruises. lol. I've never broken a bone. My sister has been hit my a garbage truck and went under the front and out the side and she rolled an atc onto her back climbing a hill. Absolutely no broken bones, just bruises. I think its all the milk my family drinks. lol
    At the end of the day, my bike is a bike, whether its made for XC singletrack or DH, I can make it do what I want.

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