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    My current injury that's almost fully healed is bruised / cracked ribs!

    I was trail riding at night with my Mrs. and I slowed down to let her catch up.....for some reason....I decided to pump on my front fork and wound up squeezing my front brake as well....I went endo, flew a few feet, and when landing.....my arm came between me and the crushed gravel and forcefully smashed my ribs! Pain.....luckily the damage wasn't worse.
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    My worst happened 2 weeks ago. Riding into a drainage area and didn't / couldn't see until the last moment that the opposite side had been washed out from a rain a week or so before. Couldn't stop in time and when the front wheel hit the other side I went flying (not easy for 225 lbs). Luckily I turned my head out of the way and ended up taking a hit to the right side of my body. Thought at first I broke the collar bone (already broke that one twice), but when I started having trouble breathing, I knew I was in trouble. Ended up calling 911 and Fire / Rescue took me to Trauma Center.

    Broke 3 ribs on my right side and collapsed my right lung. Chest tube hurt worse than anything. The collar bone wasn't broken but I did do a lot of soft tissue damage that's making the shoulder hard to move.

    My doctors are all riders, mtb and road, so none of them told me I should stop riding. Girlfriend was with me and also rides so I'm lucky that she just wants me back riding. Stuck walking dogs for next 6-8 weeks.

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    Had a 40% compression fracture on my T12. Manual down a pavement didn't noticed a rotten branch, looped out so fast that grabbing my rear brake did nothing. Landed heavily on my rear end, heard a faint pop sounds and had the mother of all pain. The rest is history, this is the third day and it still hurts despite all that painkiller.

    Take care fellow MTB riders and speedy recovery to all whom are on the mend.

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    Nothing major from biking other than 3 purple scars on my hip. Chainrings landing there.

    Now, running. I stepped into a 1.5 foot deep hole that was covered in water. I lost my arch and 9 months later I was in the OR getting it fixed. I also had a bone removed and many scopes to see what else I messed up. That was about 2 years ago and I am still having issues to this day.

    I also blew out my shoulder moving a gun safe. I stretched the "cup" and now I can pop it out when ever I want.

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    Took a dive on Power Pole at Bootleg Canyon. Took the handle bar in the ribs before rolling down the hill a little ways. Broke a rib. Scrapes and bruises on arms and legs. It was AWESOME. Still hurts to breathe and forget running. Also scared to death to sneeze. Lol. Surface bruise gone after like a week but internally still painful.

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    Not my most serious. Just the newest.
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    Failure to negotiate ramp: sprained left ankle, knee and wrist. Broke my left middle
    finger four ribs and shattered my clavical into five pieces. Surgery a week later on
    clavical - eight screws and a plate installed. Also, neck sprain that has limited my left
    rotation. That all happened in August of 2011. Waited eight months to ride again, but I was back in the gym three weeks after the accident. Waited three months before I started lifting weights again.
    "The only easy day was yesterday!"

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    I was out training three weeks ago on my standard round I usually run my interval workouts on when I, between intervals, fiddled with my GPS. that little gap in attention made ​​me miss that the road barrier was closed and sent me flying over the handlebars. since I landed on my head instead of any other body part the result was a neck fracture of the vertebra C7 and 8 weeks with support collar. note to self: analyze your workout at home and not while cycling..

    I'm glad I can stand/walk/move around and still has full sensation and I guess I could say I was lucky as it could have been so damn much worse!

    8 years ago I cracked the urethra, but that is a different story.
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    Figure it's about time that I jump in on this thread. Although after scanning through the posts, my injury pales in comparison to some.

    My buddy got me into riding about a year ago, having never been on a MTB or really anything 2 wheeled since my used pale yellow Schwin 10spd in junior high. I got absolutely hooked and after about four months of bombing around XC trails I agreed that it made sense to try something more technical. So off to SoMo and National trail.

    I didn't know what I was doing, couldn't do many of the obstacles on the trail, but couldn't wipe the grin off my face either. After four rides, I got a new wider set of bars, put them on Friday night and hit the trail the next morning. Amazing what an extra 1/2" does for your control, and unfortunately, confidence. Soon my speed greatly exceeded my skill, I took a bad line and launched myself over the bars.

    Put my hands down to stop from eating the rock approaching my face and came to a stop about 5yds short of my bike. Nothing hurt, but I glanced over at my left hand. My wrist was in a rather disturbing S-curve. After some loud cussing about the riding I would miss, walked my bike to my buddy further down the trail and started the 2 mile hike down. Thank god for adrenaline, didn't feel a thing the whole hike or drive to the hospital.

    It says something when the ER doc is impressed with your injury. I managed a displaced distill fracture of both the radius and ulna in my left wrist. Chipped a bone in the right wrist as well, but hey that's nothin. Had surgey 2 weeks later, got plated and have 8 screws. Back on the bike in 2 months and back on XC trails in 3. During my convalescence, I stayed connected to riding by upgrading most of the components on my bike, because it's always the arrows, never the indians. I'll tackle SoMo again this fall hopefully with a little more skill.

    I had to memorialize the event

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    I've had more than a few bad ones. This was last Sunday:


    2nd worst was the fall that led to the 3 titanium screws in my shoulder (don't have the x-ray of that available), and the worst happened in 1996 and eventually led to this last year:


    Still riding as much as possible, though I may have to tone down the speed and technicality of my riding; I break a lot easier now...

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    Cancer..Stage 3B colon cancer. Diagnosed August 29th 2011, spent 13 days in the hospital. My motivation for recovery (besides my wife and kids) was walking to the bay window every morning counting bike roof racks, being jealous that they were out there and I was stuck inside
    6 months of chemo followed...trying to get back into cycling again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluv2adjust View Post
    Cancer..Stage 3B colon cancer. Diagnosed August 29th 2011, spent 13 days in the hospital. My motivation for recovery (besides my wife and kids) was walking to the bay window every morning counting bike roof racks, being jealous that they were out there and I was stuck inside
    6 months of chemo followed...trying to get back into cycling again.
    My prayers are with you brother !!!

    The Mountain Bike Gods are smiling on you !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by esocko View Post
    After four rides, I got a new wider set of bars, put them on Friday night and hit the trail the next morning. Amazing what an extra 1/2" does for your control, and unfortunately, confidence. Soon my speed greatly exceeded my skill, I took a bad line and launched myself over the bars.

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    Same thing happened to me after I bought a new helmet.

    I hate quoting pictures, but I showed that to my girlfriend and her response was "That's not happening in our living room." I think otherwise.
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    Broken clavicle on saturday in a bike crash. Took the sergeon 2 hours, 7 screws, some bone puddy and a plate to put me back togeather. Dr Kim is the same Dr. that did Michael Floyd's (Notre Dame Football ), so I feel like I am in good hands.

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    No real serious injuries for me. Normal scrapes . No skin on knees type thing. However I finally got my wife to come out with me on an easy ride . First ride out - Got down one trail and had to cross a stile passed bikes over and hop over all ok. Wife hops over and manages to land her foot on a nice two inch rusty spike from the old gate it went through shoe and into foot. Queue plenty of blood. I inspect it and decide its nothing too major but give her the choice carry on or we go home and fair do's she carries on for another hour or so. Then up casualty for a tetanus shot but I got her hooked and she has been out three more times since then with foot still sore and got her signed up to a little 45 k trail in November so all good.

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    My worst one was when I was around 10 years old, meaning many many years ago.
    I was racing with friends and was leading the line. Did not see a car coming the wrong side of the street and went head on. Flew over and I think my rolling judo training, and a lot of luck, prevented more serious injuries than a broken arm. Bike was destroyed.

    All my subsequent falls were a lot ligther and I have to thank judo. I am planning to enroll my son in those classes also since he's already showing he will ride hard.

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    My worst is my "Chain Ring Tattoo" and I started a thread for other "Tattoo Artists" check it out at:
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    Dislocated my elbow taking gap, well, the gap took me really. out for the count after that nasty spill.

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    Last weekend, cruising along a trail I've ridden many times. Front tire caught a root on a step down and turned 90 degrees instantaneously. I got catapulted into the hardpack dirt trail. Ouch. Ended up breaking my left collarbone. The kicker is that I broke my right collarbone less than four months ago.

    I can only be thankful I've had many many years without many serious crashes.

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    Crashed off a DH jump. Concussion, broken hand, lost conciousness. Out of work 4 months with concussion, dark rooms and no noise. A year and 12 days ago; can finally do light trail rides as of a month ago, any more than that screws with the head. Awful, but getting better. Living vicariously through friends and fuel tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzyq View Post
    Crashed off a DH jump. Concussion, broken hand, lost conciousness. Out of work 4 months with concussion, dark rooms and no noise. A year and 12 days ago; can finally do light trail rides as of a month ago, any more than that screws with the head. Awful, but getting better. Living vicariously through friends and fuel tv.
    Don't mess with a concussion. Whatever time it takes to feel normal, take it.
    I'm in this thread somewhere with a fractured pelvis and a shattered clavicle.
    Both took 4 to 6 months to completely heal. I've never experienced anything
    that took more than a year. But you can't rush it. You will live to regret it.

    As my doctors said to me,
    "it's healing slowly, but at least that's the right direction, give it time"

    I know your frustration. We all heal at different rates.
    But we do heal...if we don't do anything silly.
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    I ran against a fence trying to go over some log step things and somehow landed my leg directly on top of one of these logs causing a bad thigh contusion. I was out of action for about 3 weeks and it gave me a noticeable limp when walking.

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    My epic July 1, 2012 crash:

    Broken neck (C7), broken back (T3,T4), 2 broken ribs

    Small/medium size drop off, with a downhill landing. Front wheel hit first, then proceeded to fly over the handlebars. I got twisted and couldn’t brace my fall with my hands so I landed on my head and then rolled over onto my shoulder and back. When I hit, I could hear 2 cracks and I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully, I could move my arms and legs, so I was hoping there would be no permanent damage.

    I consider that day to be the luckiest day of my life. It could have had an outcome that was very different. Fortunately, I didn’t require surgery. I just need to wear a neck brace for about 6 weeks (4 down, 2 to go ).

    Can't wait to get back on the bike, (with my wheels firmly planted on the ground)

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    I got this on Saturday. I went over the bars an my knee hit the front brake rotor. 5 internal stitches and 14 external. I was told injury was inevitable, I didn't expect it on my 5th ride though.



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    [QUOTE=cbd5600;9567440]I got this on Saturday. I went over the bars an my knee hit the front brake rotor. 5 internal stitches and 14 external. I was told injury was inevitable, I didn't expect it on my 5th ride though.

    Brake rotor to the knee! OOoh, that's a good one!
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    zygomaticomaxillary complex, Fractured 5th Metacarpal

    On July 11th I was riding with two friends. I don't remember how I crashed but I crashed hard. I had a minor concussion but enough that I didn't know where I was or what the year was. I thought 2015 sounded too high and 2007 sounded too low so I settled on "I don't know"
    I landed on my face. I had a zygomaticomaxillary complex. Your cheek bone is connected by 3 bones. I broke all three. These 3 showed up on the CT scan. The other 3 fractures above my lower jaw didn't show up until surgery. I ended up with 4 plates and a bunch of screws. They made 3 incisions. One near my eyebrow, one through the conjunctiva to put the bones back in place in the orbital floor below my eye and a 3rd in my mouth from above my 2 front teeth all the way back beyond my molars. Plus one tiny one in my cheek so they could fit a screwdriver.

    I might need an implant to bulk up my cheek bone where some of the bone is missing to look symetrical.

    3 Weeks later I'm doing much better. I have very little pain. My hand seems to be doing great. I still have some swelling in my face. I have a lot of numbness. The nerve that comes out of your cheekbone was right where one of the fractures was. So at least some of the numbness is here to stay.

    My hand just needed a soft cast.

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    slipped on sand, landed on my shoulder-totally detached my rotator cuff. had surgery yesterday.
    Doc said operation was successful, tendons and ligaments in good shape, cleaned up old damage.
    Will be off the bike for at least 12 to 15 weeks. guys, you just dont bounce as well at 63 years old compared to 23

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    Hmmmm all I have is a few shin scars and a perfect inprint of my disk brake burned into my calf.

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    1.)Separated shoulder in 2005 bombing down a descent, got airborn, landed funny and tried to save it. Clipped a tree going 22mph. Two surgeries to fix shoulder. One to put bolt in, and one to remove.

    2.)Going in tomorrow (yes tomorrow 8/17) to get surgery on my broken left hand. 5th Metacarpal is shattered. Needs pins to heal right. Cast for 6 weeks. Went OTB on a washed out trail after taking 3 months off due to unrelated back surgery. No idea the trail i've ridden a thousand times would be so different. Bruised rib/spleen too.

    I keep telling myself 2 surgeries in 15 years isnt that bad....right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    Hmmmm all I have is a few shin scars and a perfect inprint of my disk brake burned into my calf.
    That might actually look cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA View Post
    Spiral fracture of the 5th meta-carpal. The fix required 2 Ti screws.

    I hit a tree w/o ever letting go of the bars - all the Dr.'s asked me who I punched!
    I have this to look forward to. Are you back on the bike?

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    Ruptured Spleen with Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs. BREATHING WAS SO PAINFUL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dencard View Post
    slipped on sand, landed on my shoulder-totally detached my rotator cuff. had surgery yesterday.
    Doc said operation was successful, tendons and ligaments in good shape, cleaned up old damage.
    Will be off the bike for at least 12 to 15 weeks. guys, you just dont bounce as well at 63 years old compared to 23
    Ah, yes. We older riders don't bounce. Well, not as high as when we were young.
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    Broken collarbone - over the hangers on a MX bike.


    To all those with MTB injuries - how many of you used clipless pedals, and would flats have prevented the injury? I'm currently choosing between the two.....

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    Went OTB @ 25 mph. Managed to fracture my shoulder blade, collarbone, multiple rib fractures and a punctured lung. For my efforts I got morphine AND a helicopter ride!

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    Reconstructed right Knee, then the usual, broken ribs bashed shins tweaked wrists etc....
    Ride long, ride safe...

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    Broke my tibia in 3 places last month. Doc says 8-12 weeks to recover. No worries my bikes only a little scratched can't wait to get back riding.

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    Years ago I pulled a superman style dismount over a drop of about 3 feet. both shoulders dislocated as I pounded down on the granite landing zone. about 12-13 years later I finally had to get both shoudlers repaired as they would just pop out for no reason. That was by far my worst injury...

    My coolest injury resulted from me dicking around by a drainage easment and flipping my bike only to have the pedal rip open the back of my leg. I was using platforms at them time and have what appears to be a bear claws scar down the back of my leg.
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    February 2006: cruising back from class one evening, I went off a curb on my bright orange GT mountain bike doing about 20 mph and had my chain suddenly skip on landing. I lost control, went down hard on my left side, got up and threw my bike into the bushes in a fit of rage. Riding home, I realized my left arm felt wet, looked down, and saw that I had a split-open elbow that took five stitches to close.

    July 2008: While trying to escape from a massive thunderstorm in New Orleans, I got hung up on some partially submerged railroad tracks and went down on my left side again. I realized I was hurt, but had to get to cover, so I jumped back on the bike, nearly fainted after two pedal strokes, and fell off on my right side. I patched up some horrific road rash hiding under the porch of an abandoned house, and then went to a local church that was just reopening for more gauze. I was lucky not to get more seriously hurt.

    August 2012: I was climbing up a little, rooty incline on the Blue Loop at Fountainhead, lost my traction going about 5-6 miles per hour, and bearhugged a tree. Slightly bruised my shoulder and calf, but pinched my right foot between the tree and the bike. It hurt like hell then, and I could barely finish the ride, much less drive home. An evening worth of ice, elevation and rest did wonders for it- to the degree that I actually went back to FH the next day and slayed that same climb. Now, I've got a huge, painless bruise that goes nearly from heel to toe, but I can't post any pictures or links until I get around that pesky 10 post limit.

    The closest I've come to serious injury on a bike was riding at UC Santa Cruz. I had just come to the top of a hill, had a decent amount of speed when suddenly my front tire went sideways and I found myself going OTB into a nasty, spiky tree stump going directly at my face. Somehow, I managed to grab that stump with both of my hands and flip my bike over my body, landing safely on my back with my arms still wrapped around the stump. When I got up, the guy behind me told me it looked like something out of the Matrix, and to this day, I have no idea how I managed to pull that off. Probably would have done some real damage otherwise.

    Many in this thread have more severe injuries from biking than I've ever had, and I wish you all a quick and easy recovery! I actually got into mountain biking after I blew my ACL out and lost most of my cartilage in my right knee snowboarding- I couldn't skate, surf, or snowboard for six months, and when I asked the doctor what I could do for exercise, he said, "Well, you can ride a bike..."

    Seven years later, and here I am!

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    just got my left repaired from a jump I took on my road bike back in late April... rotated over the bars and plowed in shoulder first, tore the labrum up pretty seriously (large SLAP tear) but delayed on getting the work done till the summer was mostly over. Still managed to put in 1500 miles in on the road (mtn biking on a regular basis was extremely painful) and 5 DH trips, the last being the day before the surgery.

    This is gonna be a fun 6 months of rehab, no cycling except on a stationary trainer...
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    umm just a side note,,, Pictures or it didn't happen.
    Rep is for Mo's MTBR isn't an exclusive club

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    Broken glenoid (in shoulder)

    Had my first major injury recently . It was on a single XC trail, not a serious DH trail.
    Broke my glenoid in two (which is the bone that looks like a ball at the end of your shoulder, I believe the rotator cuff pivots on this bone... But anyway enough of the anatomy) after my back tyre slid out on a slight downhill turn and I fell hard on the shoulder and arm. Had to get it screwed back together in a very painful op. Will be out of action for 3-6 months.

    Will be investing in some body armour for the next time and have since invested some time in looking at some MTB riding technique videos online (got plenty of time now. It was my left shoulder and I'm left handed )

    A painful lesson for a relative newbie.

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    jump + braking + mud = 7 stitches!

    I must have been riding in Nam, because when I hit the brakes after a jump a Punji stick got me! Bike slid out from under me when I braked too hard on the mud and a stick impaled my forearm. I thought I was a pretty fit guy because I just did a triathlon this summer so I was surprised to see a yellow fat globule sticky out of the hole!

    It was also my second day of riding my new 2012 Cannodale Scalpel 29er 4! I was more concerned about the bike than my arm! Maybe next time I'll wait for the mud to dry up! Ah, probably not, I can't wait to get back out, these stitches suck balls!

    Bike is ok! Pics of the bike are one day old, pre-accident!
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    Rotator cuff injury and subscapular tendon rupture.

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    Somewhat big scratch on back because of crash 'n' OTB, nothing serious tho.

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    Hit a corner too fast, lost control and bounced right into a cactus. I've been sliced open a few times but man.. that cactus was gnarly. Haven't broken any bones on my bike yet.. knock on wood

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    it finally happened

    I've been mountain biking since 1988 with no major accidents or injuries. Last week while taking some friends on one of my favorite Oregon trails my pedal caught a root or something (on a perfectly buffed out trail), & I went over the bars. I looked up & saw blood but turned out to just be some random scrapes & bruises. Embarrassed more than anything.
    About a half mile later while descending a steep , rocky section of single track I went over the bars again. this time head & shoulder first into a tree stump. Wound up with a broken clavicle & three fractured ribs. The 4 "inexperienced" girls that were with me rode on ahead to get the pickup at the trailhead while I walked the last five miles out.
    Injuries suck! No riding for at least three weeks? my blood feels like butter by not riding. Depressed, but making the best of it. At 50 years old it takes longer to heal but I'm already itching to get back on the bike before the snow flies.
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    Ruptured Spleen with Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs. BREATHING WAS SO PAINFUL.
    Holy cow dude! how far away were you from medical help? Ruptured spleen can put you in serious shock & near death in a hurry.
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    I suffered a mild heart attack while riding in Oakridge, OR last weekend. It was a total freak thing. I ride and surf a ton and eat decently. I wasn't feeling that hot, had no energy, and had an odd pain in my back. I finished the ride and was trying to relax by my campsite. Then I threw up and decided it was time to seek help. Drove to ER in Eugene, where much to my amazement, the doc said I was having a heart attack and would require emergency surgery. Was rushed to another more capable hospital with a proper OR where I had a cath and 2 stents. What a first day of a mtb vacation. Dodged quite a bullet. Hope to be back in action in 2 weeks.

    Wishing everyone a speedy recovery! Glad to still be here.

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    I split my kneecap down the middle after bashing it on the stem of my bmx, couldn't walk for a month was lucky the tendons didn't separate so it all healed up nicely,
    Since then I've gotten rid of the bmx been on the mtb for 6 months, so far just cuts from overgrown branches on older trails, oh and 1 broken knuckle from punching a pitbull as it was going for my leg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BTW I am only 32 years old.

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


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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by podoco View Post
    All you need is the caption "im looking for john connor"... Seriously though i hope you heal up with minimal scarring. Ouch!
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    Stitches are out now. Going to have some scars from this one. I've had people believe me when I said I got messed up fighting a bear.

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

    Falling on your fave sucks, but you sure did get a good pictures. I wish I'd thought of the fight with the bear idea. I told everyone my girlfriend is abusive.
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    Full Face helmets work . Just sayin , heal up dudes !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Nothing from biking, fingers crossed. However...



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    This just happened 2 weeks ago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Recover well and ride safe!


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    Impressive thread. Great educational effects?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    a little scratch

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



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    whoa, faack!!! that's hella gnarly!^^^
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    Grade 3 ac joint seperation at vail lake. 2 month time out. Eeep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    wow

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

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

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

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

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

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    Re: Roll Call - What's your most serious injury?

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

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

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

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


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    ^ That wrist photo makes my wrists hurt!

    Biggest injury for me was a broken collarbone. Somehow slid out on a downhill corner at 30 MPH during a crit mid-April, even though I'd already done that same corner at the same speed over a dozen times before. Went down at the apex of the turn, ended up 40 feet away after tumbling all that way and somehow finding my feet before I ended up going over the curb and down the rocky slope behind it. Got up, pissed that I'd crashed, started cussing up a storm. I was especially pissed at the pavement for getting in my way.

    The course marshals came over, I told them I was fine, just pissed, realized I couldn't move my arm, realized I wasn't actually fine.

    Decided it would be a good idea to go to the hospital, so my teammate drove me to the ER, luckily only five minutes or so away. Got treatment as a trauma patient, I guess because I'd hit my head while tumbling along the pavement (helmet was broken too), the nurses cleaned up all my road rash and put me in a sling, sent me home looking like a mummy with all the gauze covering me.

    Final toll was a broken right collarbone, severe road rash on right forearm, both hands/knuckles (including the fingertips -- ouch!), both shoulders, right upper leg, and right knee. The bike was mostly fine, except for some cosmetic tears and scratches on the saddle, shifters, bar tape, and rear derailleur, and a stripped front brake mounting bolt. I also ended up having to replace the jersey, bibs, helmet, and gloves that I'd been wearing, as the clothes looked like they'd gone through a wood chipper and the helmet had a nice dent on the side. I still have some gravel in my knuckles, knee, and leg that they weren't able to scrub away at the ER.

    I got back on the bike in early June (two weeks earlier than the doctor told me), and everything's been good so far!

    Hardest crash on the mountain bike was during a DH race last fall. Caught my front wheel on a rut that I was trying to cross and went down hard, right on top of a big rock. Not too bad, but it cut up my back a bit (still have the scars from that, too!) and knocked the wind out of me. I also managed to forget that my time was still going, so I chilled with the course marshals where I'd crashed for a few minutes before I remembered exactly who I was heckling as they went by (my competition!)
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    This one is bad because of pain and embarrassment:

    there was a small probably one foot little jump on my local trail, just really a root going across and the sand up to it. well we were fairly new but i could get decent air off of it but my friend couldn't.

    one day i said, "here, watch what i do" and i went back about 200 feet from the little bump and hit top speed, hit the bump, went way up in the air, and somehow came down right dead on my left hip. freaking hurt and i'm thinking broken hip. after i came to my senses i tried to ride back to the trailhead but couldn't so i managed to walk it. got home and i was in bad pain.

    got myself to the emergency room and while waiting basically passed out from the pain. finally doc sees me, says the pelvis is the strongest bone in the body and very doubtful i broke it. takes xrays and says "i don't see anything, i guess we can send you upstairs for an mri" so i go up get the mri and yep, fractured pelvis.

    all from showing off about getting air on basically a bump in the trail...never did anything like that again.
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    I'll add mine - Herniated Disc L5 S1 - BAD - likely surgery

    Still F'ed up. It's been almost 30 days since the initial injury, which mimics a left leg hamstring/pirifomis syndrome muscle spasm. After a few days of valium and hydrocodone, it felt a lot better. So 15 days after the injury, I am back on the bike. BAD move on my part. Totally resurfaced with numb left leg and foot, severe pain, especially buttock.

    Finally got in for an MRI , it's a big herniated disc, lowest one, L5 S1 it's called. I have to wait until the 21st to see a specialist in spinal orthapedic surgery for evaluation. In the meantime, I am in constant aggravation pain. Sitting hurts, standing is better, lying down is not so good either. The damn left foot is numb on the sole , and it's so annoying. Either they will operate and do a microdiscectomy (remove the bits of disc that are putting pressure on the sciatic nerve, or full disc relacement, but that would be extreme I think.

    I'm just bummed because I am not very old, and this likely totally screws the rest of my riding year. The absolute worst part is I did not crash, this started acting up AFTER a ride. The first evening was some pain and soreness, but the following morning I was in agony.

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    I was riding my road bike two weeks ago on a flat road with a super wide shoulder. I was cruising at 22 or 23mph and put my head down for 10 seconds, tops. I look up and there's a Jeep Grand Cherokee 15 feet in front of me. Shocked, I slammed on the brakes as hard as I could, but to no avail. I smashed into the back of the SUV and with a previous neck injury, I tried to protect my spine by turning away. I should've put my hands up to stop myself but I think I was so surprised that I didn't have time to think and I was still death gripping the brakes. Long story short I saved my neck but broke my jaw in 2 places. Had emergency surgery at a level 1 trauma center just outside NYC where they installed a titanium plate and wired my jaw shut for 5-6 weeks. I'm 2 weeks in right now. It really sucks, but at least the bike is okay. Turns out the guy pulled off the road to answer his cell phone. Mildly ironic when you think about it.

    Moral of the story: Road bikes are stupid and you shouldn't ride them. But if you must, be careful as ****!
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    jeezus that would've been scary. how do u eat with you jaw wired shut?? some intravenous jobby? take it easy buddy I feel for you


    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    I was riding my road bike two weeks ago on a flat road with a super wide shoulder. I was cruising at 22 or 23mph and put my head down for 10 seconds, tops. I look up and there's a Jeep Grand Cherokee 15 feet in front of me. Shocked, I slammed on the brakes as hard as I could, but to no avail. I smashed into the back of the SUV and with a previous neck injury, I tried to protect my spine by turning away. I should've put my hands up to stop myself but I think I was so surprised that I didn't have time to think and I was still death gripping the brakes. Long story short I saved my neck but broke my jaw in 2 places. Had emergency surgery at a level 1 trauma center just outside NYC where they installed a titanium plate and wired my jaw shut for 5-6 weeks. I'm 2 weeks in right now. It really sucks, but at least the bike is okay. Turns out the guy pulled off the road to answer his cell phone. Mildly ironic when you think about it.

    Moral of the story: Road bikes are stupid and you shouldn't ride them. But if you must, be careful as ****!

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