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Title: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: gumball on Nov 13, 2012, 18:22
I am currently doing one of my major projects for my third year at university. The aim of the project is to make mountain biking safer by designing protection that can be worn comfortably at all times.

Could you please state below your injury and how it happened?

This will help me decide which area of the body to focus on for my project and understand which injuries occur more commonly in the sport. It would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Adam
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: ilovedirt99 on Nov 13, 2012, 18:47
Serious injuries, minor ones or both? I've got a list as long as my arm of all the various injuries I've had...
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: trailfairy1 on Nov 13, 2012, 18:56
Over the bars - broken collar bone.
Ditched the bike mid air in France and tried to roll it out, ended up with broken radius and ulna and a broken wrist with a nackered back due to the speed I was traveling.
Those are the serious injuries obviously with nocks and bruises from smaller crashes.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: 2manygears no idea on Nov 13, 2012, 19:04
Compressed vertebra, twice.. Full facer saved me there

Cracked ribs, at least 6 times.

Dislocated finger... Never worn clips since

Ruptured artery in armpit ( handlebars) major operation needed

Shins... Oh god... My shins... Dented the bone a few times ( losing pedals on gap jumps etc)

Elbow scuffs a plenty

FWIW the lite TLD vests are a great idea for me, they stop the bike trying to enter my rib cage and arnt too hot to push up in when riding in the UK.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: gumball on Nov 13, 2012, 19:09
thanks for the replies!
looking more into major injuries than minor but anything is helpful.
I'm trying to design something that covers an area that can be improved, for example the over extension of joints.

thanks adam
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Yeti bandit on Nov 13, 2012, 19:10
Two memorable injuries,

Over the bars after coming into a jump with too much speed, landed in the solid berm just after the jump (about half way down the old hopton track at the second fire road) result snapped ac joint, fractured elbow and 3 broken ribs.

Clipped a pedal on a rock section sent me over the bars into the rock and i hit my elbow on a rock, result the rock cut right though to the bone (didnt have any armor on), i needed 3-5 stiches and my elbow hurt to this day.

apart from the its the usual scrapes, bruises and cuts
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: identitizack16 on Nov 13, 2012, 19:22
Full list to date:

1. Crashed at Bournemouth BMX, broke my face. (2 teeth, massive hole in lip, broken cheek bone.
2. Broken wrist - wheelied down a road and crashed hard OTB as a brick was in the road
3. Broken metacarpal (hand bone?) - doing a line I'd done millions of times before wasn't paying attention and went over the side, didn't land well.
4. Broken legs, broken other wrist - 6 months in bed, very uncomfortable. Hit a tree.

Other than those, being the main ones I've had various others, tendon damage, grazes, pedals into the shins (I really don't miss flat pedals!) etc.

Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: elmo20 on Nov 14, 2012, 00:42
Apologies in advance if anyone's squeamish




Ruptured ACL - Looped out of a wheelie and landed awkwardly snapping the ligament in two

Broken elbow/ulna - Clipped a bollard with my pedal and went OTB smashing my elbow on the floor when I landed. Got plates in there now
(http://gp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8282026/p4pb8282026.jpg)

Dislocated ankle - Foot got caught the wrong side of a landing and got twisted off
(http://gp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8282027/p4pb8282027.jpg)
(http://gp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8901561/p4pb8901561.jpg)

Broken femur - Fractured end of my femur in the above crash when my knee hit the ground. Was wearing pads though.
(http://gp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8901562/p4pb8901562.jpg)

Good luck with the project
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: identitizack16 on Nov 14, 2012, 01:30

(http://gp1.pinkbike.org/p4pb8901561/p4pb8901561.jpg)


BRUTAL!
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: elmo20 on Nov 14, 2012, 02:08
Cheers, I try :D MBUK gave me shoes for it. Knee is worse injury long term though, 2 surgeries before I was 20 and now it's pretty ruined!
Crap wasting a summer in bed though as I guess you did as well?
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Betsie on Nov 14, 2012, 08:14
Injuries:
Broken Collar bone (plated)
Broken Sternum
Broken ribs (a few times)
Punctured lung
Broken left pinky
Broken left ring finger (top joint no longer works)
Broken right thumb (rolondo fracture, k-pinned)
Broken right pinky
Broken right middle finger
Dislocated right ring finger
Dislocated left thumb (2nd carpal)
Broken right arm (plated)
Broken right arm (plated, 2nd time)
Broken right arm (both bones this time)
Broken right arm
Chipped right elbow
Broken right toes (3 of them).
One suspected broken bone that I did not get checked out.... was paralysed for a few seconds until I shook my head... did not want to know.

That will do for now...

I don't crash often, but when I do, it tends to be a hard one!
Call me Mr Glass  :P

Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Chazz on Nov 14, 2012, 09:04
Broken Knuckle,
Broken Wrist,
Broken Femur,

are the main ones, but I've had a lot of bruising to my thighs as well, generally from going over the bars, but I don't think I'd wear anything to protect these areas though, in less it was really comfortable!

Charlie

Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: nwmlarge on Nov 14, 2012, 09:10
i know its not on par with most of these but i often scuff my hip/side when i crash which is really annoying
no pressure suits seem to have a hem that stays down.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Ermm on Nov 14, 2012, 13:47
obvious grazes and bruises but most serious is my knees, every now and then i twist them or hit them some way that hurts a bit but soon as i take my shin/knee pads of at end of day feels like my knee/s (depending on whats hit if any) sort of collapse and can sometimes struggle to walk properly for couple days after.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: 2manygears no idea on Nov 14, 2012, 16:14
Injuries:
Broken Collar bone (plated)
Broken Sternum
Broken ribs (a few times)
Punctured lung
Broken left pinky
Broken left ring finger (top joint no longer works)
Broken right thumb (rolondo fracture, k-pinned)
Broken right pinky
Broken right middle finger
Dislocated right ring finger
Dislocated left thumb (2nd carpal)
Broken right arm (plated)
Broken right arm (plated, 2nd time)
Broken right arm (both bones this time)
Broken right arm
Chipped right elbow
Broken right toes (3 of them).
One suspected broken bone that I did not get checked out.... was paralysed for a few seconds until I shook my head... did not want to know.

That will do for now...

I don't crash often, but when I do, it tends to be a hard one!
Call me Mr Glass  :P

Bloody hell!!!

Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: gumball on Nov 14, 2012, 19:14
thanks for all the help! this is all really useful info for the project!

adam
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: ilovedirt99 on Nov 15, 2012, 13:19
My major one was a broken scaphoid - went OTB and landed with my left hand stretched out.
Pretty sure I broke my hand (never got it looked at) in france by going OTB again nosing a jump and as I landed, I sort of punched the floor. Left hand again...
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: joshleb on Nov 17, 2012, 23:49
Tore ACL + stretched PCL and MCLs + needed 50% of cartilege removed from one side of knee + abrasion to femur.

Got lairy over a jump in the Alps and just rag dolled down the landing with my right leg out.

Next 2 summers were the greatest ever with original accident taking up all of one, and the surgery taking up the next.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: mr-sam on Nov 18, 2012, 03:42
Cracked ribs, broken finger and internal bleeding in my kidney - High sided and went over the bars into a tree
Knocked myself out and got concussion - Over the bars again
And obviously loads of little bruises and cuts... mainly elbows/forearms and shins
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Ben Irons on Nov 20, 2012, 21:44
Lots and lots of Gashes. 1 of which got horrendously infected thanks to the extreme medics at Rheola 07 telling me to make my own way down the course with a massive bleeding hole in my arm, subsequently getting filled with mud as I fell trying to make my way to the bottom.  ;D

Broke my neck a while ago, head first into a tree.  However never realized until it had healed by itself after a GP sent me for an X ray, many weeks later being told to come to Hospital urgently and ending up on the spine board .  :angel:

Colar bone twice, second time breaking in three mangled pieces.

Severe concussion - too many to remember  ;) New Helmets are getting a lot better with the ATSM DH standard.

I wear a neck brace now and having been in a few big head firsts with it, I'm very glad I wear one.

That picture of the dislocated ankle reminds me of seeing Steve Peats ankle at Rheola 07.  Ouch!
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: SimonB on Nov 29, 2012, 19:41
I have:
faceplanted and broke a tooth with swollen lip,
skidded on my backside along morzine DH track,
suffered many pedals to the shins,
and many more...

bit accident prone!

Simon
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: kenfromsomerset on Dec 14, 2012, 15:31
The worst  I have suffered was a fractured calcaneum and fibula (both right leg) Over the bars onto a road. Foot took all the brunt! Full reconstruction with plate and wire, then MRSA! Six months on crutches, having to learn to walk again and i now walk with a limp, but I can ride my bike so not alll bad!
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: TomyP on Dec 15, 2012, 16:47
My worst was a full spleen removal.

Riding at christmas eve, was a bit icy, tried a wide line into a little jump, front washed. I got thrown over the bars and landed down a small gully onto my left fist. Split my spleen clean in half had to have the whole thing removed.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Pigmonster on Dec 17, 2012, 19:08
Broken wrist and a good concussion ( cant remember anything from that day - step up at a bmx track
Popped my shoulder out - hit a tree
Cracked ribs- hit a tree
Broken little finger - went over le bars and caught it in some rocks
Broken femur - got a step down, so very very wrong
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: treehuggergraeme on Dec 18, 2012, 11:39
Broken scaphoid - OTB
Dislocated finger - Washed out in a rocky berm, put my hand down)
Broken big toes (both) - kicking stumps
Broken Ribs - Ejected from hitting the face of a landing
Double fracture-dislocation of the middle of my right foot - mid air eject at 40mph+
Strained Neck - hitting a tree
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: littlegirlbunny on Dec 20, 2012, 12:26
Broken thumb (operated and pinned)
Dislocated lunate, broken scapoid and torn soft tissues to wrist (operated, plated, screwed, reattached ligaments)
Knocked out + a week of concussion
Two badly infected knee trauma injuries
Shoulder (think I probably had a slight seperation or break, took about 5 months to stop hurting)

Then the usual bruising to pretty much everywhere at one time or another.  Got bruising on my shoulders the other day from an OTB from where the neck brace took the impact.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: Alex @ Racersguild on Dec 27, 2012, 13:32
Dislocation Right thumb x 8+ (plus scaphoid damage x 3) (Mixture of over-the-bars and slides)
Dislocation left thumb x1 (OTB)
Broken fingers x 4 (Various un-memorable falls)
Broken Right clavicle x2 (Broke it Jan 07, rebroke it march 07, Both OTB following collisions with hidden objects off the track)
Broken metatarsals right foot x3 (Got gusted off a large jump, put my foot out on landing. Drove home after that one!)
Broken rib x1,  (Fell off a slippery log ride at Ae, smacked log with my chest.)
Bruised ribs x several (Various non-memorable falls)
Broken maxilla, cheekbones, eye orbits, nose (total depression of nose into face, corrected with surgery) following failure of full face helmet when I hit a tree at mach 10.
Chipped coccyx x1 (Looped out at a skatepark)
3 x TKOs (Mixture of skatepark, XC and road)
Various cuts and scrapes, including to forearms (Various minor crashes)
Road burn to face, arms, shoulders after 30mph road crash. (including over still healing cuts to forearm cuts/scrapes, resulting in scarring)
Serious lower back injury resulting in near constant pain + sciatica. (My singlespeed was a size too small, go figure!)

Fortunately, they had the technology!

I wear the best MTB full face helmet I can afford since my facial injury. I use knee pads, but do not routinely wear body armour, except for racing.
With the back and foot injury, standing for any length of time, especially in the cold can be somewhat uncomfortable.
Title: Re: What kind of injuries have you had in mountain biking? - product design project
Post by: kirby46 on Jan 04, 2013, 19:15
shattered my left heel which is now plated and screwed. My accident happened in les gets 2 and a half years ago, big over the bars at the top of a drop which sent me over the drop, face first into the deck at full speed. I dislocated my shoulder, broke my arm, dislocated jaw and had big internal bleeding at the same time.
To this day I still cant walk far and cant run anymore.