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    New question here. Roll Call - What's your most serious injury?

    I had to shift some furniture earlier today when I got a sharp twang that reminded me of an old 'war wound' I got riding 18 months ago.

    For my efforts, I received a busted and dislocated left shoulder from when I tackled a see-saw that see'd, but didn't saw Took me out of action for three months and it still plays up every now and then.

    So let us know the worst of your injuries. Do you still have the scars? Let's see the full colour photo's

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    Nothing major so far, touch wood. Heaps of shin and forearm scars though, chicks dig them dont they?
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    Nothing major here either. A lot of bruising and lost skin but thats it. Nothing exciting really. Hopefully it stays that way too.

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    Smashed collarbone (it was in four pieces) - five weeks ago, still recovering

    Suppose you want to see the x-ray, nasty bruise I had and the big lump of bone pushing against the skin I now have?

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    Good job! Ouch!

    Quote Originally Posted by nickobec
    Suppose you want to see the x-ray, nasty bruise I had and the big lump of bone pushing against the skin I now have?
    Yeah... go on then
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    4 Stitches in my right knee - Thats it... In that same fall I think I came very close to breaking my collar bone, because I was in some pain for a good deal of time, and couldn't drive, but I got over it...

    Been lucky thus far...
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    Sam. do you want the messiest or the most painful?

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

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

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    Yeah go on nickobec, X-ray of the FUBARed collarbone. Four places... ouch!

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    It Hurts!!!

    had a few cracked ribs [ both sides in different accidents ]
    broken finger in altercation with cab on cleveland st in Sydney.
    major concussion / abrasions and very nearly did collarbone in collision with car in Adelaide.

    have yet to have a really bad one on the trail......touch wood.

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    Only a few cuts and knocks to the knees and legs so far, and a bit of gravel rash on the elbows and hands. Nothing major so far!!

    Oh, and I got winded when some prick decided to play hero on his first lap in a 12 hour a while back. More damage to my bike then anything.

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    Reminds me of....

    Quote Originally Posted by Low_Rider
    Only a few cuts and knocks to the knees and legs so far, and a bit of gravel rash on the elbows and hands. Nothing major so far!!
    my first really decent stack. I had a total of about a month's worth of MTB'ing experience under my belt, and I was starting to get a bit too confident. I think there is a medical term for it ("Wade Simmons Disorder" )

    I spent half an hour pushing my bunky old K-Mart special to the top of a local DH trail (the surface was so loose and rocky, you could barely walk it let alone than ride it!) Standing at the precipice, I launched myself off the edge (feet not locked in, body position nicely over the handlebars , I made it all of about 10 metres before I went over the handlebars. The amazing thing was, that after I bit the dust, my body seemed to accelerate as it slid along the ground.

    The left hand side of my body resembled one big crusty scab for a month after that - it certainly gave me something to do when there wasn't much on TV

    And so came into being, my first (personal) golden rule of MTB'ing - "If you can't even walk it, don't try to ride it"

    Never did go back to that trail.

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    Three broken ribs after crashing and hitting a rock edge-on. The walk out was very painful and breathing was a nightmare.

    Finally got home after a long solo ordeal of pain and the missus said.. "you're late for dinner!"..

    I remember having to use a rope tied to the foot of the bed to help me sit up in the mornings while I was healing.

    Very painful... lol.

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    MTB'ing (so far) = minor cuts & scratches to the legs, versus karate = broken ribs, broken nose, broken toes (& one almost torn off) and frequent significant bruising to various parts of the body.
    I wouldn't give up either though!!

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    X-ray time

    Yeah go on nickobec, X-ray of the FUBARed collarbone. Four places... ouch!
    Ok here is the X-Ray, could not find the photos of my whole shoulder in various shades of purple and yellow and the current photos do not clearly show the lump.
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    Nothing much to report here.
    Two dinner plate size bruises on my left hip on two seperate occasions. One from getting a little too confident on a table top style jump at Whistler in October and another from a seemingly simple bunny hop off a small drop on a trail in Brisbane. Managed to land in some loose sand on the side of the trail and was catapulted head first toward a tree about a foot off the trail. I can remember wondering how big that tree was as I flew through the air towards it. Still got a lump on my hip from that after 4 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR
    One from getting a little too confident on a table top style jump at Whistler
    aaahhhh Whistler. I think I can relate to that story. I had been riding in Vancouver for about 2 1/2 months, mostly on the trails on Mt Fromme on the Nth Shore. I had only ever ridden XC in and around Canberra before arriving in Vancouver, so it was quite a step up to say the least.

    Anyway, I got to Whistler and was very excited. I had been riding ok and feeling pretty chuffed. I was getting the hang of A line, and decided to give "Dirt MErchant" a go.

    I was riding pretty smoothly (for me) and saw the sign saying "gap ahead". Stupidly, I thought it meant a double jump, and figured I could just ride through the jump.

    It was actually a drop off from a rock maybe 4-5 foot - maybe less but I never did go back to check. Suffice to say, I landed on my front wheel due to indecision.

    results - 2 broken ribs, a broken wrist, and a grade 2 tear of AC joint. Did not ride again for 3 months...

    Not happy Jan, but god bless armour and full face helmets!

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    Once I didn't see a tree branch and it scratched my arm, no blood though.
    It's not that I don't ride hard, I'm too skilled to fall off!

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    8 weeks ago I flipped over the bars off a steep wooden ramp onto my collarbone + smashed it pretty well.I had a plate put on it + have been back riding for 2-3 weeks nothing heroic yet. Will use body armor for anything serious .

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    MTB'ing (so far) = minor cuts & scratches to the legs
    Not any more!! Went up to have a look at the first two days of the Wildside race last week. Took our bikes (of course), got to some of the stages early and rode parts of them. Coming down to the finish of the Montezuma Falls stage I hit a branch lying at an angle across the track, the front wheel slid along the branch and then slid out to the right. The bike then flicked back to the left and slid out from under me - I hit the ground at about 40km/h resulting in a cracked helmet, gravel rashed arm & leg, torn shirt & shorts and a shredded back pack.
    Apart from that the Wildside was awesome, might have a go next year if I have a bike again! Washed them last Sunday morning & left them in the diveway to dry - about 3m from our front door. In the space of 30 minutes some bogan kids pinched them - we know who they are but the police haven't been able to catch them yet. Hopefully we will get them back in one piece!!

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    Montezuma is an awesome stage - I think I know that exact stick that you're talking about too - I jumped it a few weeks back and though then that it would be nasty if it got damp...... You can fair fly down that DH hey!! You don't think it's all that steep, but it's plenty long enough to make a go of it.

    Sorry to hear about your bikes!!

    Send your details of the bikes and someones contact details to me either via PM or email

    djrayner(at)postoffice.utas.edu(dot)au

    and I'll get in sent out through a tassie MTB email list I can get access to. Will get a message put up at the CBCC website too. http://www.cbcc.community.net.au

    The list is state-wide, so it'll get some coverage.

    I had a friend who had a (new) bike stolen on the coast, and it wound up in hobart, freshly washed, polished - and had a new pair of grips and nice new tires installed!! Talk about service!!

    I hope you get them back soon,

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    just got my new bike. third ride out testing the limits of the suspension i found it and came off and broke my rib.i think it hurts more waiting till it heals so i can go riding again.This particular section of trail has caught a few people out of late so the hosipital tells me.Before that stiches in right knee.Concussion from clipping a tree at speed and dislocating right shoulder.

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    More frequent than serious. Scratches & bruises etc. I'm much better now than I used to be. When I first got into riding early last year I used to come off on most rides. The kids developed the habit every time I'd get back home they would ask "Did you hurt yourself this time dad?"

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    I've just been diagnosed with my worst injury from cycling - skin cancer!

    I trained on the road 6-8 hours a day for over ten years, never wore a helmet, never wore a hat, never used sunscreen, and now at the age of 34 I've got the type of skin cancer found in people in their sixties. I've got no one to blame but myself.

    I'm yet to have an operation to remove the cancer, but as it is on the tip of my nose a chunk of my nose will be going with the cancer, and then skingrafts and surgery to replace what is taken off.

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    Well...

    Well I have had a few stacks in my 8 or so years as an MTB rider... A Majority of them have been recentish too, as I seem to take my riding more seriously, and take on alot more technical terrain...


    Chapter One:
    The air was cool, and the big freshly preped for this days ride, the bikes first ride! Well it started out well but went sourish, big fire road slog which generally involves granny gear- appon beginigh the ascent I realize my bike wont shift onto the granny ring so I crank and pant, grunt and stomp my way up the hill using the 32/30 gearing combo that god desided to make me use

    Up top of the hilL I met a riding partner, if you could call her that- our first time riding together. The bike felt soo good at the time- we soon headed down one of my favorite pieces of single track...

    Well there is a rather large boulder, down this trail, I know I have riden over it, riden around it etc... a Dozen or so times. Well this time I went straight over the top, nosedived- the front bit in hard and over I go: I do actually remember looking up while in the air and seeing my bike coming down on top of me Thud!!! I landed flat on my back, but only after smashing my wrist on a rock on the way down; the bike just missed me (thank god!). After composing myself I got up, with a nice squashed backpack on now Eventially went home after riding back to the botom of the trail and seeing the medics that were at the Local DH race that day.


    What I got:
    1x Fractured Distal Radius
    1X Serverly Muscle damaged Hand (which is still stuffed I might add)
    1X Fractured Big Toe
    1x Now Problematic Ankle
    Verious Bruses and Cuts...

    4 weeks of work

    Previous Injuries:
    1x Broken Right Elbow
    2X Broken Left Elbow (yes seperate times)
    1X Broken Toe (also bike related, same area actually though 5 years prior)
    Cartlidge Damaged Knee.


    As you can see loads of injuries, Non of them have kept me from being incredably stupid though I still enjoy life as it comes though I am starting to settle down a little, I'll always be a kid with my toys
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    Good job! We have a winner!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CulBaire
    What I got:
    1x Fractured Distal Radius
    1X Serverly Muscle damaged Hand (which is still stuffed I might add)
    1X Fractured Big Toe
    1x Now Problematic Ankle
    Verious Bruses and Cuts...

    4 weeks of work

    Previous Injuries:
    1x Broken Right Elbow
    2X Broken Left Elbow (yes seperate times)
    1X Broken Toe (also bike related, same area actually though 5 years prior)
    Cartlidge Damaged Knee.
    Holy crap! Huge effort Culbaire - most impressive!!! With all of these injuries, I reckon you must 'creak' when you walk!

    Cheers,

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    Well just got word of my worst

    Looks like I have a torn shoulder with Bursitis..

    Here's another strange injury I got the same day.. Heading back through the trail, saw a larger diameter branch sticking out into the trail. They say you go where your eyes go. Even though consciously I was wanting to move to the right to avoid, the damn thing, sharp end and all, drove into my left thigh leaving a swollen, purple, softball sized mark. Now I have a permanent indenture in my thigh that is very visible, almost as though I was impaled, yet the outer skin was not punctured.
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    Nothing Major

    Cracked a coupla ribs when I endo'ed into a kurb and slapped myself around a few other times. I've broken 2 helmets now so my advice is wear one!

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    where to start

    going to big on a huge gap and missing the entire landing to hit the flats led to an extremely long day of riding.

    it hurt more on a mountain bike than it did on a snowmobile.

    I've wiped going so fast that I was nearly skinless.

    broke a rib that didn't really bother me until I rebroke it a half year later.

    following fellow rider to closely when we hit a big drop and my foot slid out of my toeclip so I landed on the peddle with my leg. Horrible Infection!

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    ummm ive got 9 stiches i my right knee right now after yesterday and i wont be riding or playing sport 4 anoter 3 weeks or so , probably even more. And this happened 2 days b4 the school holidays started... damn i had so much riding planned and was going 2 build and make a video with my mates.

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    Nice "tattoo"

    *touch wood* I haven't been involved in too many nasty MTB accidents - I do however own a lovely cyclist's "tattoo" on my right calf from my chainrings . . . I think I did this last year at a 12-hour race. It was quite a deep wound and it hurt like hell!!!
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    I slid down a rocky hill..............

    As I said, I slid down a rocky hill and took the skin off my left outer calf and about 5mm of underlying tissue as well! It hurts, but I'm still riding with it as the riding action of the muscles pumping helps keep the swelling down. The only thing I hate is the weekly debreedment(Scraping of necrotic tissue from my leg) as it HURTS! Actually, it hurts worse than the original injury!
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat
    *touch wood* I haven't been involved in too many nasty MTB accidents - I do however own a lovely cyclist's "tattoo" on my right calf from my chainrings . . . I think I did this last year at a 12-hour race. It was quite a deep wound and it hurt like hell!!!
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    After 4 weeks or so of getting into this MTB'ing caper (in 1998) I had a little stack. On the 1st day of a 4 day long weekend I was messing about on a small jump just before a disused bridge. Cut a long story short, after a number of jumps all was going well..... until the last go. Just b4 hitting the ramp the front wheel got outta shape but I was committed. Over I went and landed bad on th bridge. I was heading for the edge of the bridge. A 4m drop into real shallow water so I dropped it before sliding off. Got up and all seemed well, until I got back to camp which was only 50 mtrs away. checked over the bike and no dramas but then noticed a huge amount of blood on my shorts. Looked aorund and couldn't find anything til I spied my elbow....Oh Oh. I must have landed on a rock. I had a chunk out of my arm 2" long x 1 wide in the perfect shape of a love heart.... to the bone. Nasty. Had to spend a night in hospital for surgery to clean the gravel out. Ended up with some 17 needles in 24 hours for local anesthetic, morphine, tetnus, holes for drips. Completely ballsed up a perfectly good long weekend.

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    ... and if we just ... Not to mention...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dalec
    Ended up with some 17 needles in 24 hours for local anesthetic, morphine, tetnus, holes for drips
    Not to mention a cool heart-shaped scar on your elbow
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    Not so

    Unfortunately no heart shaped scar . Just a butcherd mess.....that's public hosptials for ya. Actually they looked after me real well, just not very good surgeons .

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    Broken Femur

    Broke my leg (upper part of femur) on gooseberry last fall. Didn't know it was broken until I got up and tried to put weight on it. Really didn't hurt until it started to swell, then the 'take your breath away pain' was only a slight movement away. Had to get flown off the mountain into St. George. Luckily, the area is big retirement community so they have a nice hospital and lots of expertise fixing hips. Now I have $3000 worth of steel holding things together in there. Gooseberry was sweet though, what a nice day it was.


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    Your Worst Injury

    As mountain bikers we all take chances... sometimes we pay the price. What is the worst you have ever injured your self. For me it would be 3 years ago. Over the bars, hands extended, shattered the heads of the two arm bones into about 12 pieces. Three surgeries, a staff infection, and 5 months later I was almost back to normal.

    First pics shows half of the external fixiture that basically held the bones in place after the surgery. Second pics is after the staff infection the docs had to back in and "excavate" out the infected tissue and re-drill the bone where the pins were. It was then left to heal from the inside out.

    My wife was pretty pissed off to say the least. I was a helpless SOB. We do not always realize that we hurt more than ourselves.
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    Aaahhhh

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    My worst was a broken leg and torn acl.

    This one looked cooler though. Couple of torn ligaments and broken footsie bones.


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    Nothing more than a few abrasions, pain that lingers a few days after the incident (or ride in general).......

    Been riding for 10+ years now, never seen the inside of a ER room.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsteve
    Nothing more than a few abrasions, pain that lingers a few days after the incident (or ride in general).......

    Been riding for 10+ years now, never seen the inside of a ER room.......
    Good thing you just said that.

    You are sooooo fvcked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmbarace
    As mountain bikers we all take chances... sometimes we pay the price. What is the worst you have ever injured your self. For me it would be 3 years ago. Over the bars, hands extended, shattered the heads of the two arm bones into about 12 pieces. Three surgeries, a staff infection, and 5 months later I was almost back to normal.

    First pics shows half of the external fixiture that basically held the bones in place after the surgery. Second pics is after the staff infection the docs had to back in and "excavate" out the infected tissue and re-drill the bone where the pins were. It was then left to heal from the inside out.

    My wife was pretty pissed off to say the least. I was a helpless SOB. We do not always realize that we hurt more than ourselves.
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    My pic speaks for itself, although not as dramatic looking as yours.

    I told my wife this never would have happened had I had my spot then.

    She didn't buy! But it was worth a shot!
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    I'm a member of the 'Clav Club'. Broke my collarbone about 11 1/2 years ago. Bad enough to require a surgeon to go put the bone and connecting tissue back together.

    I'ce had a couple of concussions along the way too. Makes me wonder what would have happened if I hadn't been wearing a helmet.

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    Compound fracture of my right femur. Yep, right through my shorts. I was in such a state of shock I tried to get up afterwards and shake it off. Bad idea. 2 months in a hospital bed in traction, then 6 weeks in a body cast....mmmmm....fun! When I think back on it I'm very lucky it wasn't worse. Much worse.

    This was a road riding incident (hit by a car), which explains why I hardly ride road anymore. I'll take my chances with the rocks and trees. If I "F" up it's my own damn fault.

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    Ouch

    No pretty pictures from mine (no idea how to post an MRI) I had my Subscapularis?? ( the muscle that runs from the inside of the shoulder blade to the upper part of the humerous) pull out of the Humerous The surgeon had to dig deep to find the end of the tendon that had retracted up into my armpit and sew it to 4 anchors drilled into my humerous, which hurt far worse for far longer than the injury itself. Now it's stronger than the other side.

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    Not exactly mountain biking, but I was on a mountain bike. Went over the bars on the Lakeshore Drive bike path - well, near it anyway. Going fast down a small knoll and hopped a curb at the bottom, blew my front tire on impact. Faceplant in the parking lot with no helmet. I didn't have time to put my hands down it happened so fast - I scraped the skin off of my knuckles on both hands. I drove my sunglasses into my nose, folded over the septum, sent gravel through my top lip and into the tip of my nose, scraped off skin to the bone on my cheek and very nearly lost my left eye.

    I asked the surgeon who sewed me up how many stitches it took, and he said "That's like asking how many nails it takes to build a house". The most painful part was having my nose re-broken with some midevil needle-nose pliers while under a "local anesthetic". I freaked when after having 10 novacaine shots to my face I could feel the pliers up in my nose. Too late - CRACK!

    Not really a major deal in the perspective of a spinal injury, so I consider myself lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo
    Good thing you just said that.

    You are sooooo fvcked.
    Shhhhhhhh

    Im going to Moab in a week........dont wanna jinx it........

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    I'm here nursing some bruised (maybe cracked?) ribs from a boxing day ride learning DJ's. I feel very lucky compared to some of the horror stories above.

    Rockgarden has a good selection of armour. Anybody make any recomendations for upper body protection? I have Roach leg and arm but my chest and spine could probably do with something as well.
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    Broken Right Clavicle In Three Places

    Quote Originally Posted by wmbarace
    My wife was pretty pissed off to say the least. I was a helpless SOB. We do not always realize that we hurt more than ourselves.
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    How true those words are, even more so if she witnessed the accident.

    Mine didn't happen on my bike. I lost my footing on the stairs. Bounced half way
    down on my arse only to have my feet catch and launch me in to somersault
    impacting my right shoulder on the bottom step, crushing the top of the clavicle
    breaking it in three places. The pic is from three months after the surgery.
    The main break is almost filled in. The other two you can't see any more.

    Last year (2004) I crashed my road bike breaking my pelvis in two places.
    A crack through the right hip socket and a fracture in the bottom lobe.
    No surgery required, just lots of rest.

    What's interesting is that bothhave taken about the same amount of time to heal.
    Though the clavicle is/was the most annoying. For 2 to 3 months I was one handed
    with the wrong hand. Shaving became a dangerous endeaver.

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    I'd bet some of you guys have trouble getting through the airport metal detectors.

    I've been lucky, my worst crash was an endo on the road bike. Just a bunch of road rash and the ire of the riders in the paceline that I managed to knock down

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    On the bike in 2000 I was coming around a sweeping right hand curve on hard pack with a dusting of sand over it at about 25mph and the front wheel washed out on me and I pile drove my right knee into the ground which ended up grinding about a 3 inch diameter area off my knee and severly bruising the fluid sack under my knee cap. I couldn walk normal (couldn't bend my knee) for almost 8 weeks.

    Off the bike, make sure you are sitting down for this.......

    on 4-5-05 I was returning from my GFs place up north and I hit black ice at 45mph in my Ford Explorer and rolled 3 times. My injuries consisted of: Right side 1 broken rib, and severly bruised lung. Left side: Broken and dislocated Clavical, 4 broken ribs 2 of which punctured and collapsed my left lung, ruptured spleen (I was not stable enough for it to be removed it finaly stoped bleeding on its own) and a concusion with severe bruising to the left side of my head/face. I was airlifted down to the valley and spent a week in a medicaly induced coma which no one knew if I was going to live or wakeup from.


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    but he can still drink like a champ! cant ya freek? i was with him on his 1st ride back and even then hes no slouch.

    me? i once got my feelings hurt real bad. other than that:

    '72: cut my sack on the stem durrin a otb. thought it was a good idea to use a band aid. i was wrong.

    '77: busted out my teeth in a fight, which i won, days after gettin my braces. you shoulda seen the other guy. no, really. ya shoulda. we became friends later.

    '77: busted my teeth out again jumpin my bmx bike into a wooden pole. and no, that wasnt the plan. im dumb as a box of rocks but common people.

    '94: 1st xc race; busted clavacal, scapula, 2 ribs in 4 places, tooth, hip, substancial concusion and still dont remember much of that day. so much for not pre-ridin the course. i walked out a mile before the copter took me in. oh, and i got the flu 3 days later. ever sneeze with 4 busted ribs? its so much fun the memory itself brings back the tears and the sobbing.

    '94: same trail, 2 more busted ribs. finished that ride as it was the last one before it went to the golfers. yeah, i can be a tough sob when i wanna be.

    '95: dbl compound fracture of the ulna and radius. almost lost my right arm. 2 surguries, a bit on my old busted hip in my new arm and years of rehab. still a major issue to this day. another case of goin way too fast on a trail id never seen before. youve all seen the xrays right?

    '97: ac sepperation in a bmx race. took a pedal to the back and that was with a full daneies suit

    '98: full ac sepperation in another bmx race. cased my shoulder into the last tripple. cant teach a old coot new tricks can ya?

    '03: busted ankle. twisted my toes up to my shin then around to my calf when i got a toe spike stuck in the ice at aprox 2 mph. you can imagine the damage im sure. more pain than i care to remember. weeks of it. total sucking. yet another surgury didnt help matters much but a good doc fixed me up once again and its almost right besides all the limping. thanx john.

    the worst one? my feelings for sure. scarred me for life. ill never get over it jm. hehe. i kid. me thinks its time to offer him up a dt spoke shaped into the likeness of a flower and start fresh.
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    I came off the bike in a race when I thought I was going to jump up onto a tabletop kind of jump and it ended up being a drop. I fell 6-8 feet and bounced once straight down onto the rear wheel, then came off the bike and tore open a deep blood blister over my right butt cheek just to the outside of the muscle. It held 6 ounces of blood when they drained it the first time. I was also purple from my waist to my ankle.

    The surgeon had to drain it a total of 10 times to keep the thing from becoming a permanent fluid filled pouch. I was off the bike for 10 weeks. The injury didn't hurt too much, what really hurt was not being able to ride for that much time.

    I've also broken my wrist and a couple of ribs. I was hit by a car once, but all I got was some huge bruises from that. Oh, and I guess I've probably lost a couple dozen square inches of skin over the years.
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    I got really sick of FoSnitzzles BS one day and called him on it. It turned into a major scuffle and well, I had to take a little visit to the ER.

    But, you should see what I did to him!
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    i think s-works is the worse

    I had my hip Replaced,so I know your pain.I am a o.r. nurse and have fixed plenty of clavicals and had mine fixed to but the hip is a long lasting injury good luck!!!

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    Thanks Man!

    Quote Originally Posted by spongstick
    I had my hip Replaced,so I know your pain.I am a o.r. nurse and have fixed plenty of clavicals and had mine fixed to but the hip is a long lasting injury good luck!!!
    I did this on June 2, 2003. Was back on the bike end of Aug. Leg strength for cycling came back pretty quick. I'm still working on flexibility to this day, although not as much as I should. I was never a flexible person to begin with, so it's a PITA for me to do the stretches and exercises.

    The Ortho-ped said the break was about 10mm away from having to have a hip replacement.
    How's yours going? What kind of hip did they put in?

    I still have my hardware in, the one long bolt that protrudes from the bone is starting to bother me, so I'm thinking of having them removed. They will make a nice wind chime hung from the chainring.

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    Here's my tibia from Chiapas, July 4th this year. Actually, didn't happen on the bike, this was "just walking along..."

    I wish I had my head meets London asphalt pictures here. I've got a nice 3" scar on my forehead from that, and the right side of my cranium is still numb 7 years later. Couldn't open my eyes for 3 days, and it was the mother of all headaches. Wear a helmet kids!
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    [QUOTE=cactuscorn]but he can still drink like a champ! cant ya freek? i was with him on his 1st ride back and even then hes no slouch.QUOTE]



    Hey keep it down will ya, this hangover is killin me .

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    s-works

    I have A DePuy S-Rom Hip metal on metal.
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    Good luck to both of you!

    When I was in the ER and it came back that I had broken my pelvis a chill went through me!
    It's the one bone that defines us a human. Its unique shape allows us to walk upright.
    That and the hip placement. Hip repair and/or replacement is a life time injury. I got lucky.
    No surgery required. Just let nature do her work. A year and a half later it's like it never
    happened.

    Oh...I forget to mention...
    both accidents involved broken ribs...
    they heal fast but, damn...
    are they painful before they do.

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    I got my first mtb in 1985 at age 30. Until 2001 the wheels stayed on the ground, and not a whole lot of bad stuff seemed to happen. Late 2001 I bought my first big travel bike and started really ramping it up. Late 2002 I crashed on a good sized jump and broke my collarbone, punctured a lung, broke 7 ribs and seperated a shoulder, ouch good start. Coming back from that injury in spring 2003 I was hucking off a sandy rock and the back of the bike slipped out and I landed hip first on a rock at the bottom and took out my pelvis. After 8 months of recovery time I was out DJing a nice little 6 pack of doubles and cranked my ACL. That was 1 year ago, and I still can't straighten that leg all the way.

    Lots of other smaller injuries as well, but those are the ones that kept me off the bike for a long while. I made my goal of making it all the way through 2005 without any more major ouches. I didn't do one double digit huck this year.

    BTW, as for the worst, it was the broken pelvis. Being in the center of your body, every move you make involves it, and it was super painful.

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    Fractured skull - got creamed by a guy in a van while riding to the trail. Broke a few teeth when I biffed a landing one time - tough walk out of the woods.

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    Not too serious… Endoed at about 15 mph into a pile of rocks and cactus. Got up and try to straighten the front wheel, disconnect front break and decide to visit bike shop first to get the bike fixed. Pass out and collapse in bike shop from loss of blood…

    I was still picking cactus out of me in the ER.

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    - separated sternum/clavicle joint with some rotator cuff injury

    - broken scapula

    - fractured lumbar vertebra and massive muscle bruising in lower back

    - dislocated finger... TWICE

    - sprained ankles... many

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmbarace
    First pics shows half of the external fixiture that basically held the bones in place after the surgery. Second pics is after the staff infection the docs had to back in and "excavate" out the infected tissue and re-drill the bone where the pins were. It was then left to heal from the inside out.

    My wife was pretty pissed off to say the least. I was a helpless SOB. We do not always realize that we hurt more than ourselves.
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    Ahh, that first pic looks familiar! I had one just like it on my left hand. (Im left handed) I endoed and rolled right on my wrist after a epic ride - about 10 minutes from being back to the trailhead. Was tired and did not react in time. What sucked most was I had just spent a month off the bike with two broken fingers on the same hand and was just getting back into the groove. It was to be almost three months more before I was riding again.

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    Ok I'll play

    Busted my pelvis in Moab. Was using a bed pan for a week, a walker for a week after that (was great to be able to use a toilet again), crutches for a week, a cane for about 3 weeks, a bike after 2 months.

    Not being able to walk made me rethink what i wanted to do on a bike, been a lycra wearing XC guy ever since.

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    clavicle and three ribs

    worst one was 8 weeks ago. just riding along the bike path at night following a buddy with the light. i didnt have the light. he yells something, i see a black thing on the path and ran into a bike placed in the middle of the path. i dont remember much. ended up with a fractured clavicle and three broken ribs. i'm pretty much back on the trail starting this past weekend. such a relief. the 5 spot came only some scratches on the rear D. truly a tough bike.

    this was my third and hopefully last fractured clavicle from biking.

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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob the Wheelbuilder
    I fell 6-8 feet and bounced once straight down onto the rear wheel, then came off the bike and tore open a deep blood blister over my right butt cheek just to the outside of the muscle.
    that reminds me of the time riding no hands clipped in... my big ass broke the seatpost and i landed onto the rear wheel. taco'd the wheel.. my ass hurt bad.

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    Holy ****, there are some serious injuries here, it helps to stay upright in case you guys didn't know I got splated by a car last July but walked away with a broken bone and a bad wound amazingly, besides that, a few broken bones here and there and a seperated shoulder.

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    Third ride on my nice new 5 Spot. Combination of too much speed, spongy forks and a small jump led to a massive endo- you know the one where mid air you have time to think "**** this is going to hurt". Result 5 broken ribs and a broken collar bone.

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    Slipped on a now infamous flat cement mossy water crossing. Dislodged and rotated lunate bone in my left wrist. Bone was removed along with 5 other bones in that carpul row, to avoid permenant nerve damage in my hand. I now have 30% flexion and extension in that wrist. In other words, pushups on my fists for life.

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    New question here. Tigerdog, how long did that tibia take to heal...?

    [QUOTE=tigerdog]Here's my tibia from Chiapas, July 4th this year. Actually, didn't happen on the bike, this was "just walking along..."

    I am on week 4, down to a walking cast (long leg off the other day)- (putting a little bit of weight on it), have the same injury but a double fracture but no surgery...how long before you were "healed" (i.e., bone union complete)?

    Cheers,

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    [QUOTE=arandal]
    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    Here's my tibia from Chiapas, July 4th this year. Actually, didn't happen on the bike, this was "just walking along..."

    I am on week 4, down to a walking cast (long leg off the other day)- (putting a little bit of weight on it), have the same injury but a double fracture but no surgery...how long before you were "healed" (i.e., bone union complete)?

    Cheers,
    4 months before the Doc gave me the all clear. My brother-in-law is an orthopaedic sports surgeon. He said the tibia is a slow healer, something to do with location and blood supply and stuff. Still hurts a little when I run, but otherwise it's great. Might have to get the plate removed next Christmas, though.

    Mine was twisted so my foot was out 90 degrees and I broke the other smaller bone (can't remember what it's called). I consider myself really lucky that I was able to get it operated on where I was. It would have really sucked to have to be flown back to Mexico City for the op. Plus, they gave me a local so I got to watch the whole thing!

    All the best with your recovery. The first month is definitely the worst.

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    4 months! .......MOTHER MARY!!!

    [QUOTE=tigerdog]
    Quote Originally Posted by arandal

    4 months before the Doc gave me the all clear. My brother-in-law is an orthopaedic sports surgeon. He said the tibia is a slow healer, something to do with location and blood supply and stuff. Still hurts a little when I run, but otherwise it's great. Might have to get the plate removed next Christmas, though.

    Mine was twisted so my foot was out 90 degrees and I broke the other smaller bone (can't remember what it's called). I consider myself really lucky that I was able to get it operated on where I was. It would have really sucked to have to be flown back to Mexico City for the op. Plus, they gave me a local so I got to watch the whole thing!

    All the best with your recovery. The first month is definitely the worst.
    tigerdog thanks...

    but 4 months....SHEAT! Oh well, it appears to be healing alright. I wonder if I'll be divorced before then, Having a 14 month old who just started walking is a trial

    so when did you go from crutches to walking a bit?....do you think recovery is quicker w/o surgery? I really hope so but patience is a virtue right?

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by arandal
    so when did you go from crutches to walking a bit?....do you think recovery is quicker w/o surgery? I really hope so but patience is a virtue right?

    Cheers,
    Your mileage may vary. It might be quicker for you, I really don't know. I was on 2 crutches for 2 months, then one crutch, putting a little more weight on it each week. Later I was only using the crutch to negotiate stairs and stuff. Getting down to one crutch makes everything much easier.

    Patience is definitely useful. I just kept reminding myself how lucky I was. It could have been much worse.

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    I was with Nels last October, joining the Turner Homer gathering. As we drove from Boise to Utah, Nels and I rode Thunder Mountain, then proceeded to St. George to join the convoy. We rode with Team Sanchez and tscheezy at Gooseberry the next day, and had a fun ride. Then Nels, tscheezy and I were just getting started on the Slickrock Swamp trail and I took a spill over the bars. It was on a short descent, and I actually landed on my feet, thinking I could outrun a forward fall while high-stepping downhill, but something tripped me up. A freak incident really. I landed with all my weight on my right kneecap, and felt an immediate pain. I looked at my knee, and there was a rock about an inch cubed, lodged in my knee. I yanked it out pronto recognizing it as the source of my pain. Thinking there may be more foreign matter in the gash, I squeeze surrounding skin to force anything else out, when a white rounded rock appeared. I tried to remove it, but oops, that was the end of my femur, and isn't supposed to come out. This was such a bummer. I knew my trip was over, at the least I'd need some stitches, and there would be no way to continue with the gathering to Moab for another week.

    I hobbled my way back to the trailhead and Nels' van, cleaned up my wound, iced it, popped an Ibuprofen, and waited for the guys to finish their ride so I could be driven to the St. George ER. Well,...it was much worse than anticipated, fractured patella. Whisked to surgery, a couple of pins installed, four days in the hospital, and then an excruciating flight home to return to Alaska. My wife even flew down to accompany me!

    Nine weeks of physical therapy followed, in which I did more harm. In an attempt to regain my range of motion in my knee joint, I was unknowingly putting force on top of my patella, having the effect of widening my fractures. The gaps were growing, I wasn't making any gains, and a new strategy was needed. My doctor conferred with his associates to just remove the fragments, since I'd still have plenty of kneecap remaining. So with a second surgery they went in with basically a hammer and chisel, and tapped through a lengthy vertical fracture. In the process one of the wires broke, but the remainder I still will do no harm, just filling a drilled void and will eventually be encased in bone.

    Another six weeks of therapy followed, and I could tell I was finally making gains without the severe pain associated with the first round. I'm just now starting to ride again, after almost six months! I have a ton of strength to regain, and have lost some endurance as well, but I'm determined.

    I've tried to be brief here, but I wanted to tell my story as a lesson to all to wear their armor as a preventive measure to avoid incidents such as mine. I could handle the pain, the inconveniencing of family, loss of work, but what I missed the most was time off the bike and not being able to participate in another week with twenty other Turner riders in Moab. The guys were great though keeping me informed with pics.

    I'll probably always have to protect this knee now, since I can't afford another injury to this kneecap. But that's okay, if it lets me ride.

    I had a great time meeting CrashTheDOG, El Chingon, Can't Get Right, LycraFR, and BobtheWheelbuilder at the ER, but I missed out on meeting a ton of others and even more excellent rides. Don't let yourself have a story like this, I'll always be thinking of the consequences now.

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    Indeed

    Quote Originally Posted by tigerdog
    Your mileage may vary. It might be quicker for you, I really don't know. I was on 2 crutches for 2 months, then one crutch, putting a little more weight on it each week. Later I was only using the crutch to negotiate stairs and stuff. Getting down to one crutch makes everything much easier.

    Patience is definitely useful. I just kept reminding myself how lucky I was. It could have been much worse.
    Yes absolutely...Mine could have been much, much worse..I was mtbiking by myself and hit a tree with my helmet, which knocked my balance off, put me off the trail into a creek..Had no cellphone coverage down in the creek, so hauled myself up, straightened leg against railway tie and called friend to call 911...about two hours later they found me and got me out on a backboard..then in a pickup truck and then to an ambulance...I have written and thanked those who helped me on the NorCAl forum about a month ago, ...

    I am thankful I can drive and go to work. I would go bonkers at home...funny enough the weekends are the worst!!

    Yeah, patience is that which I have to have indeed. But most of all I miss biking!!!.....so much BOO HOO HOO

    ANYways, thanks for the info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by arandal
    Yeah, patience is that which I have to have indeed. But most of all I miss biking!!!.....so much BOO HOO HOO

    ANYways, thanks for the info...
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    I mention this before on here, but since you asked. On my first Mountain bike ride I endu and somehow broke my foot and ankle. My ankle was broke on both sides and I had a jones fracture in my foot. I didn't have clippless pedals or clips. I was told the Jones fracture could take anywhere between 8 weeks and 6 months to heal. I was lucky, mine took 8 weeks to heal up.

    Well the only thing I can say is never had more fun getting hurt in my life. Despite the injury I fell in love with sport. It only took one bad ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve v
    Fractured skull - got creamed by a guy in a van while riding to the trail. Broke a few teeth when I biffed a landing one time - tough walk out of the woods.
    How do you assist the healing of a fractured skull? What's recovery like?
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    here's my recent. right radius. i was daydreaming and nailed a parked car. i feel like a dumbass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo
    This one looked cooler though. Couple of torn ligaments and broken footsie bones.

    you need to give back that gangrenous diabetic dude's leg.

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    3 different torso injuries, 3 different occasions.

    -cracked lumbar vertebrae

    -detached sternum/clavicle joint and some shoulder bursa injury

    -fractured scapula

    plenty of dislocated and broken fingers, jammed wrists, sprained ankles.

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    I don't have any pics [sorry!] but in 1993 I broke my femur; a spiral fracture, just below the head of the femur. Snapped it completely off. When doctors ask you what your pain level is on a scale of one to ten, I now can honestly say I know what a pain level of eleven is. The three hours before they eventually put me under for surgery was the longest three hours of my life. They pumped me full of morphine, but it didn't do jack. I use to think that I could handle pain, tough it out. That gets tough when your thigh muscles start involuntarily contracting, and move the broken ends of your femur around. The nurses in the hospital asked me to be quiet. I asked them some some real F*cking drugs!
    Eleven screws and a bar of metal bolted the bone back together, the hardware was taken out a year later.
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    Worst Injury?

    Who has the worst injury out there? i've heard some pretty nasty stories.. I almost drowned once (no broken bones or anything), the day i got my clipless pedals i went out riding and fell down in a little creek about 6 inches deep and couldn't get out. thank god my friend was riding with my and was able to get me out of there.

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    hmmm...


    2 knee reconstruction surgery, 1 shoulder reconstruction surgery, 1 broken elbow, 1 broken forearm, multiple broken ribs, and a concussion or 2, all in 10 years of riding.

    the worst so far is the shoulder, hardest to come back from.
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    Broken collar bone. Been riding for 6 years.

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    most serious had to getting hit head-on by a cab that pulled out over the double yellow to pass. 1 fractured skull and 2 broken arms. had a blood clot on my brain and ended up with double vision for a week. the headaches the double vision caused were so bad as to keep me in bed the whole time.

    most blood was when i went over the bars after clipping a jump with my front wheel when picking up for it in a bmx races. landed face first breaking my nose, 2 front teeth and biting my tongue off almost drowning in my own blood on the way to hospital.

    hyper-extended knee was the most rehab. broken tibia, ACL removed, torn pletela tedon and menecus. two surgeries and 8 months of rehab later, back on the bike.

    full list of injuries includes, 6 broken arms, a broken collar bone, broken femur, broken hip, broken tibia, 2 skull fracture

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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    most serious had to getting hit head-on by a cab that pulled out over the double yellow to pass. 1 fractured skull and 2 broken arms. had a blood clot on my brain and ended up with double vision for a week. the headaches the double vision caused were so bad as to keep me in bed the whole time.

    most blood was when i went over the bars after clipping a jump with my front wheel when picking up for it in a bmx races. landed face first breaking my nose, 2 front teeth and biting my tongue off almost drowning in my own blood on the way to hospital.

    hyper-extended knee was the most rehab. broken tibia, ACL removed, torn pletela tedon and menecus. two surgeries and 8 months of rehab later, back on the bike.

    full list of injuries includes, 6 broken arms, a broken collar bone, broken femur, broken hip, broken tibia, 2 skull fracture
    We can never hang out.... I'm sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGH
    We can never hang out.... I'm sorry!

    My ego has been bruised hard a few times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    full list of injuries includes, 6 broken arms, a broken collar bone, broken femur, broken hip, broken tibia, 2 skull fracture
    Ever considered a safer sport? Like skydiving?

    Am currently rehabbing from a bad shoulder dislocation from a trip OTB. Broke my clavicle in two places a couple of years ago from a similar accident. I've been really lucky.
    Don't ask me a question unless you really want to hear what I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountaingirl1961
    Ever considered a safer sport? Like skydiving?
    no lie, i tried golf and ended up in the ER getting stitches. yes, GOLF.

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    broken colar bone, and then busted ribs, but nothing compared to ruptured calf muscle (painful) still not healed over a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    no lie, i tried golf and ended up in the ER getting stitches. yes, GOLF.
    I think Chess is for you. One of those sets for kids with the big pieces that you can't choke on...
    We all get it in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalbikpro
    Who has the worst injury out there? i've heard some pretty nasty stories.. I almost drowned once (no broken bones or anything), the day i got my clipless pedals i went out riding and fell down in a little creek about 6 inches deep and couldn't get out. thank god my friend was riding with my and was able to get me out of there.
    Some poster named Jewell of Denial (or something like that) broke her neck and has to wear a halo for many months. Then there's the guy who broke his face and skull on the edge of a curb and had to have a straw in his brain to drain fluids. There have been some others almost as nasty around here.

    Worst I've done is got my bell rung and lots of bruising. (Knocking on wood)
    We all get it in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Moody
    Some poster named Jewell of Denial (or something like that) broke her neck and has to wear a halo for many months.
    Wow - I had to look that person up to see if it was who I thought it was (it wasn't)

    True story - I was a course marshal at a race this summer... one of the racers went OTB and had a similar injury... also broke her helmet in two, rapidly bleeding head wound... anyway, there was an EMT right there who stabilized the woman's head so they could package her and get her out - took something like three hours. She's going to be OK but is also wearing a halo and has a lot of PT to look forward to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    no lie, i tried golf and ended up in the ER getting stitches. yes, GOLF.
    You're lucky. I got golf balls. Hurts a lot more than tennis elbow!
    Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    no lie, i tried golf and ended up in the ER getting stitches. yes, GOLF.
    Might I suggest wearing armor and a full-face for playing chess?
    There are no stupid questions but there are A LOT of inquisitive idiots.


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    well, assuming this is bike related injuries, wasn't sure cause you didn't state, then i haven't had anything too bad.

    one broken knuckle, but hey... it just tought me to ride one handed wheelies!!

    about 3 concusions and some road rash to the face and that is about it.

    oh and one time i had the spike of my platforms go into my shin and it was really really deep. should have gotten stitches cause it actually bled for 4 days before it started to close up. it was about, uh, 5-6 months ago? now it is a nice dent in my shin along with a scar. took about 2 months to close up and quit oozing and all that. oh well. threw on some gauz*sp* then put some pre wrap and then taped it up and it was ready to ride!
    "dropped outta school. no G.E.D. but in these streets i'm a G.O.D."
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Medieval Jousting -- with a Tree

    I had the misfortune to snag the pointed end of some deadfall on one of the mountain biking trails in Steamboat Springs 2 weeks ago while riding downhill. Coming around a blind turn, it went right through my arm and “unhorsed” me quite abruptly and left me sitting in the middle of the trail dazed, confused, and bleeding.

    I think I know now what it must have been like to be a knight in King Arthur's time - seeing one of those lance's coming right at you, hitting you and knocking you off your trusty steed - brutal.

    Fortunately for me, I never ride alone or without a first aid kit. My riding partner that day also happened to be an EMT and quickly stabilized the situation with the assistance of three other riders. At first it looked like my arm was broken, but that was because a piece of the tree had broken off in my arm. Since the impalement of my arm was the only injury incurred, I thought I could walk out and down to my car and then go to the hospital. I could not; every attempt to stand up resulted in passing out and and it was not possible.

    Ultimately, our local search and rescue took me off the mountain, to the ER, and then to the OR to clean out all of the crap in my arm. No broken bones - went right between the radius and the ulna bones and missed all major blood carriers and nerves - just massive tissue damage. The orthopod that operated on me said that the inside of my arm looked like a hand grenade went off - shredded meat.

    Two weeks later I am riding again, but now I slide on the Roach armor - had I been wearing it, we wouldn't be reading this post.

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    broken jaw

    here's my worst... I went to a collegiate race in Kentucky. I'm an XC guy, but I decided to do the DS race too. Not a good idea.... I went off a jump, tried not to get air, got air, front wheel landed way before the back wheel, I landed on my face and broke my jaw. I went the local redneck hospitol to get it looked at. They confirmed that it was broken, gave me some morphine, and told me to get it looked at at home. That's a 7.5 hour drive home, with a broken, jaw, and an upset stomach from the morphine. 3 or 4 days later I finally got it wired shut and was stuck on a liquid diet for 6 weeks. Not fun. I haven't done a DS race since, but I'm getting more and more aggressive on my XC bike..... so you never know!

    Oh and I'm pretty sure my helmet saved me from being a vegetable!

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