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    elbow protection after serious injury

    has anyone suffered a serious elbow injury and ridden again after? I shattered my humerus including splitting the elbow in half. The doctors still aren't sure I'll be able to use it again, but I'm hoping for the best and shopping for a new helmet and elbow pads.

    How much protection is enough?

    Do I need a full armor DH pad, or can I use the newer style foam ones?

    I'm an old, fat guy who races and rides in WI so decidedly XC.

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    I bought pads after I crashed 2 years ago. I rode with the IXS Cleaver hard pads for a while and just recently switched to G-Form Elite pads which are the soft ones that harden on impact. How much you need depends and is a calculated risk depending on how you ride, the terrain, etc.. Although in saying that, bad things can happen anytime, anywhere no matter what the terrain. I don't think anyone can answer the "How much protection is enough" question for you. Many have more bike than they need. Whether or not you have more protection than you need is a crap shoot. Based on the injury you described I would tend to error on the side of caution.

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    Thanks J-Bone, I'll see if the doctor can get me that brace for me to start out. I'm probably going to wear a pad on my right side for everything from now on.

    cross link to rider down thread
    http://forums.mtbr.com/rider-down-in...s-1081227.html

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    I broke my radial head at the end of May. Dr. said pads wouldn't have even helped cause I probably tried to break my fall with my hand and the force just shot through to my elbow - likely would've still happened with pads. I'm back riding now and haven't picked up pads, but maybe I should...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowride454 View Post
    Thanks J-Bone, I'll see if the doctor can get me that brace for me to start out. I'm probably going to wear a pad on my right side for everything from now on.

    cross link to rider down thread
    http://forums.mtbr.com/rider-down-in...s-1081227.html
    Hello man, i had you same injury in late october 2017. I got surgery and started therapy immediately. Don't lose time it's important you start moving it ASAP and go past the pain.
    My goal was to be on the bike before the end of the year and i made it, light trails of course.

    I do excercise every single day, i started going to bike Park again in June, jumps, drops and rough trails...i use poc vpd 2.0 since the injury even for small rides.

    Excercise, vitamin d in high doses and you will get back.

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