New To Motocross? Know These Injuries To Avoid Them!

If you are into Motocross, you must have been injured at least once in your riding history. 

Motocross puts your body under extreme stress and also leads to fatal injuries during crashes. The majority of the injuries occur during racing events. 

Moreover, injuries during ‘big air’ stunts and tricks have become more frequent since the advancement of Freestyle Motocross.

Among the list of fatalities in Motocross accidents, spinal cord injuries and casualties among riders top the list. Though these injuries can happen to any part of the body, they are more common in the upper limbs than the lower limbs.

To help you be aware of the various injuries, we have compiled a list of the most common ones that you may encounter.

Have a look.

Collar Bone Fracture

This is one of the most common injuries in Motocross. Collarbone fracture’s major cause is the instinct of putting your hand to break your fall. Due to the speed at which you fall and hit the ground, your arms experience a significant impact of force which causes the collarbone to break. 

Most of the collarbone fractures heal in around 4-8 weeks by wearing a sling. You might need surgery if the injury is complex.

Make sure you avoid harsh braking and avoid being thrown out. Avoiding such crashes will help keep your collarbone in one piece. 

Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder dislocations are the next most common injuries that happen to dirt bikers after collarbone fractures. To heal them, you can start rehabilitation therapy after you no longer have shoulder pain. Rehabilitation therapy can last from 2 weeks to 3-4 months.

You can avoid such injuries by avoiding falls (easier said than done). Avoiding falls can be possible only with ample practice and vigilance while riding. Also, wearing proper motocross gear like a neck brace and shoulder support will help minimise the impact of crashes (should they happen). 

Wrist Fracture

A wrist fracture is another common injury type that frequently happens on the motocross tracks. During an accident, you may brace your arm to save yourself from falling, leading to a wrist fracture. Even a minor wrist injury is painful because the wrist has a very complex muscle structure. Moreover, healing a wrist fracture can be difficult if the bone breaks into multiple pieces.

A severe fracture or sprain will require considerable rest to heal. Surgery may be necessary if realignment of the bones is required. An injured arm will need to be in a cast regardless of whether surgery is performed. Physical therapy will help you regain wrist mobility once the doctor removes the cast.

Splinting of the wrist is also advised to prevent injury. 

Ankle Injuries

An ankle is also a complex structure like the wrist and shoulder. So you are equally prone to getting an ankle injury during the fall. 

An ankle fracture can be caused by falling from the bike or by colliding with neighbouring riders. If you have an ankle fracture, it might need realignment or surgery to heal completely. 

Following the surgery, your ankle needs to be cast for 6 to 12 weeks. After casting, you need to undergo physiotherapy regularly to regain movement and strength. 

You are advised to wear correct protective clothing to support your ankles. You are also advised to wear an ankle brace to provide additional protection. 

Final Word

If you are a Motocross rider, you have to be always prepared for crashes as there is no certainty on the tracks. You could have various injuries, including fractures (wrist, collarbone, ankle) and ACL tear. 

To minimise these, you must ensure proper preventative measures discussed in this article. 

We hope these tips will help you prevent injuries while being a motocross riding newbie!

~ by velofinds on June 28, 2021.

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