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    Matti Lehikoinen Injured

    Just heard Matti Lehikoinen had a practice accident and broke 3 vertebrae. Luckily he lost no feeling and experienced no numbness and is expected to recover fully.

    http://www.dirtmag.co.uk/news/catego...n-injury-news/

    First Stephen Murray, then Tara, now this. Makes me seriously reconsider my committment to this sport.

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    Yeah, read that over on Sicklines yesterday. Apparently is was a pretty mundane hit that just bucked him. Good to hear he's still got feeling in all his extremities though. Sh*tty way to go into a new sponsorship.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Uruk-hai
    First Stephen Murray, then Tara, now this. Makes me seriously reconsider my committment to this sport.
    Makes me ride even harder, and dedicate a lot of riding days, to these fallen soldiers.

    People get paralized in car crashes every day, are you gonna reconsider your committment to driving?

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    Latest from a Finnish forum. Not sure where it is from originally:

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    The latest news is all good news as Matti ends his 2nd day in hospital. The doctors have confirmed that there is no risk of paralysis and that a decision on whether or not to operate, will be taken on Monday.

    Today Matti had his catheter removed, was able to sit up for a small time and eat, and with the assistance of a special walking crutch/frame, was able to walk(!) a short distance to the bathroom.

    Matti had a non-stop run of visitors today during visitor hours, starting with his parents, followed by dozens of friends. His mobile phone was handed back, and it had more than 100 SMS messages from the past 24 hours. All of this is helping Matti remain positive and determined to get back on his feet properly.

    While talking to Matti today, more details came to light about the accident.

    "I landed directly onto my head, but slightly to the right. The helmet is marked on the top at the right. Also I have a big skin abrasion on my right collarbone where the jawline of the helmet cut me, that's how far over my head was. The doctors feel that on impact my spine twisted one way, and then the next, like a zig zag, and they say it's a miracle it's not a lot worse. The three vertebrae have what they call a compressed fracture. They are in the area of the spine that are level with the chest. I'm still in pain but can breathe fairly comfortably, but I want to thank everyone who has contacted me with nice messages, it makes you realise how lucky you are to have so many friends and people that care, and that makes me want to get better as soon as possible."

    The doctors are predicting that with or without the operation, Matti will remain hospitalised for another 2 or 3 weeks, then start 3 months of rehabilitation. It will be a further couple of months before he can expect to put any regular athletic demands on his back again.

    We hope to have another update on Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachdank
    Makes me ride even harder, and dedicate a lot of riding days, to these fallen soldiers.
    Fyckin A right...

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    Same thing happen to me this summer...

    My thoughts go out to Matti as I experienced almost an identical injury. I know how much pain he is in, but he should do his best to keep a positive attitude.

    I have 3 vertebral compression fractures to T3,T4 & T5 (between my shoulder blades). T5 is the worst of the three fractures. This happened on July 14th '07 when I went off a dirt jump (I had been sessioning that morning), my left foot came off the pedal, couldn't recover and my front wheel washed out on me. The tire rolled off the rim and then I catapulted head first into a berm. I hit more the left side of my head in a pile-driver position. It knocked the wind out of me completely to the point that I blacked out. I must have only been out for a short time b/c I could still hear the air coming out of my tire when I woke up. I gathered myself and was able to walk 1/2 mile back to my car, load the bike in the back of the wagon and drive home.

    Ended up going to the ER as I had a bad gash between my eyes that needed stitches. They did CT scans & x-rays and determined that I had 3 compression fractures. They said I would heal up in about 4-6 weeks. The fractures will heal, but the compressed vertebrae will always be there.

    The back specialist I saw said I shouldn't notice it after it has healed up and said I could return to the gym as long as my back was supported when lifting. One week after the injury I was doing light weights and returned to work. At 4 weeks I jumped on my road bike. At 6 weeks I was back on my mtn bike hitting the local trails for short xc rides (no jumps!). At 8 weeks I hit my first small drop (3ft or so) and it felt great. But I don't see myself hitting the dirt jumps anytime soon. I lost my mojo when it comes to jumping and decided it's really not worth it to me. I've got a wife and a mortgage.

    For me, the only thing that continues to bother me is my breathing. I'm finding it difficult to take nice deep breaths which has decreased my endurance. But it has been slowing improving over the last couple of weeks. I have continued to use massage therapy, acupuncture, stretching and weight training, but when my body says rest, I rest.

    So what I can recommend to Matti is to stay positive, take it easy. If it hurts don't do it. Work on your stretching and enjoy the massages. Don't rush yourself to get back on the bike. If you need to rest, then rest. Be sure you're eating healthy, getting your calcium and vitamins.

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    "People get paralized in car crashes every day, are you gonna reconsider your committment to driving?"

    Good point, but after seeing firsthand the ramifications of an SCI and it's impact on someone's life you realize how thin the ice is that you are walking on every day...whether it is driving a car, hitting a jump, doing a drop, walking down the street...I see your side. I also see what it is like living with this and it is a high, high price to pay.

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    whoa... that sux big time... hope he recovers fully and asap...

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    my wishes are with him and his family. hope he has a full and speedy recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uruk-hai
    "People get paralized in car crashes every day, are you gonna reconsider your committment to driving?"

    Good point, but after seeing firsthand the ramifications of an SCI and it's impact on someone's life you realize how thin the ice is that you are walking on every day...whether it is driving a car, hitting a jump, doing a drop, walking down the street...I see your side. I also see what it is like living with this and it is a high, high price to pay.

    Agreed. It is a high price to pay, but as far as i'm concerned, you only live once, and that life is extremely short. The period at wich you are able to ride your bike/skate/snow board/whatever, is even shorter.
    I'm not gonna spend my short life babying each day to protect myself for the fear of getting injured. I'm gonna go out and huck my carcass to the nastiest level, and live each day, like it is my last. Somedays, i'm a huge pu$$y, but i just kick myself, and say, what the fyck would Stephen Murray do right now? Probably a flip-whip, or something off the chains.
    We have a saying to live by everyday we ride, and it's called DGAF.

    Don't Give A Fyck.

    It's not for everyone, but a lot of people know what i'm talking about.
    I think i'll go out and hit some bold moves for Stephen Murray, and Tara Llanes right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachdank
    People get paralized in car crashes every day, are you gonna reconsider your committment to driving?
    People aren't out sitting in traffic for fun though. People who race cars recreationally (and professionally) are subject to similar injuries at the cost of their hobbies. They also reconsider the consequences of the sport when injuries like that happen. Me being hit by a car last year riding my $10 rustbucket beach cruiser to campus didn't make me re-evaluate bike riding recreationally, or as a mode of transportation (though it didn't result in any injuries, but my stance would be the same if it had).

    Apples and oranges....


    Sucks big for Matti though. Especially after he had just changed over to Intense. I wonder how bad his upcoming season will suffer after he recovers with all the lost off-season training.

    I've seen him ride in SB before. As incredibly dialed as he is I cannot imagine for the life of me how a 3 footer got the best of him.
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    **** like this just wants to make me ride harder. I would hate to slip if the bathtub and crack my head open, I would love to go out in a giant pile of flaming debris that causes mass carnage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHidiot
    People aren't out sitting in traffic for fun though. People who race cars recreationally (and professionally) are subject to similar injuries at the cost of their hobbies. They also reconsider the consequences of the sport when injuries like that happen. Me being hit by a car last year riding my $10 rustbucket beach cruiser to campus didn't make me re-evaluate bike riding recreationally, or as a mode of transportation (though it didn't result in any injuries, but my stance would be the same if it had).

    Apples and oranges.....

    Bananas and cherries..... It's all the same to me.

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    Sat:

    Re-injured sperated shoulder at Falls City, mildly.

    Wed:

    Went OTB on my road bike going about 20 miles an hour, skinned my knee, hip, elbow, and pulled on my already slightly seperated shoulder.

    Called wife as I had blown up my back wheel, went to bike shop bloody... they fixed my wheel, so I finished my ride to work... about 5 miles from there. Took a shower at work, lifted weights for 30 min, which hurt, but I needed to get it in. Left work 6 hours later, did a 14 mile loop on the way home... hurt, but riding.

    THU:

    Rode a 6 mile loop on my road bike, sessioned the kicker with my kids at the grade school. It Hurt, but NOT riding hurts wayyyy worse.

    FRI:

    I sessioned the DH trail 2 minutes form my house. I have never went so fast on it in my life... got a new fork. Shoulder hurts, but I CAN RIDE!!!

    I'm gonna ride like hell every second I can, and when I do, I appreciatte and carry a thought for those who no longer can. If I can still ride, than I'm not hurt.


    ...and I compressed a disc in my neck about 4 years ago.. fractured a rib,too...I was ridng 2 weeks later. It still hurts, but I CAN ride, so it ain't no thang to me.

    I, also, have a blood disorder and I have to take blood thinners, so my doctor says I shouldn't ride agressively. And, I listen to him, for the most part... I stay in the comfort zone, but there's days I give 'er... what would really bad is to bleed internally or sustain a severe concussion.... but that kinda goes for everyone else, too? I just have it on my mind more...

    Meh...
    ya gotta live now, man... before you can't anymore.

    My kids and wife totally get that about me, and that's the best part. I am at my best after a ripping day riding... dead center with everything.

    I bett Matt feels the same way, as would Tara, or Stephen...

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    http://www2.ms-racing.at/index.php?id=7

    Three days after signing with his new team, MS INTENSE FACTORY RACING, Matti had a serious accident when filming with a friend in Helsinki. The accident resulted in breaking three vertebras.
    The team wishes Matti a fast recovery and is in constant contact to monitor his progress. The team is looking forward seeing him back on the bike again in the coming months.

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    Update from Intense:

    The doctors have confirmed that Matti will not need an operation to stabilise the fractured vertebrae. This is great news for Matti who has been dreading the idea of a major operation.

    Due to the position of the breaks (no.4 has one fracture and no.5 has two fractures), it would have meant operating from the front, going in through the chest cavity...

    "Obviously I have to keep my back straight and not bend forward or do anything to risk the movement of the vertebrae...."

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    Matti is out of the hospital now.

    He posted on a Finnish forum yesterday (Wednesday) saying so, and there's an article on it in a newspaper today.

    He was thanking everybody for all the encouragement. It will take a while before he can get on a bike again. He'd better take it easy now, but he's coming back.

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    Heal up quick Matti, we're thinking of ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Matti is out of the hospital now.

    He posted on a Finnish forum yesterday (Wednesday) saying so, and there's an article on it in a newspaper today.

    He was thanking everybody for all the encouragement. It will take a while before he can get on a bike again. He'd better take it easy now, but he's coming back.
    Kick ass.. thanks for the update...

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    i think the worst thing of all is when like the top person in a sport gets injured doing something besides that sport. like steve peat breaking both his legs sky diving or something like that. those are always the worst injuries
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uruk-hai
    Makes me seriously reconsider my committment to this sport.

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    The rock that tripped Matti does not look like much. Sometimes small things matter...

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