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    Cycling accidents, addled brain

    Have you had one, two, three.....over the bar, struck by motorist, doored, something else. Was the helmet cracked? I guess it's not uncommon in the technical trail, mtb world, but how about among this crowd?

    I've had two. Struck a dog flying down a hill on the drops, and last year, just cool passed out while riding. Doc said dehydration and too much bp med. Unconcious both times, no memory of the event. Helmet cracked both times.

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    Let's all just touch wood a few times....
    Sorry to hear about your incidents though.

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    Worst incident was getting sideswiped by an ******* in a pickup truck in WV years ago, no helmets back then, but had 3 trashed bikes and two hospitalized riders. Injuries were a broken arm, collar bone and ankle, third rider escaped with road rash. I have ridden tens of thousands of miles and that is the only severe incident I have ever had.

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    Yeah, "great" is not the word I would use to describe it. 2 times unconscious, ambulance and airlift, and I have lasting cognitive issues. Both on tour. One was my bob trailer, overloaded, over 30mph, it got out of control, and the other I got hit by a car. Not good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    Yeah, "great" is not the word I would use to describe it. 2 times unconscious, ambulance and airlift, and I have lasting cognitive issues. Both on tour. One was my bob trailer, overloaded, over 30mph, it got out of control, and the other I got hit by a car. Not good.
    My g/f hit her head hard in a fall several years ago, then in the past 10 years took a couple hits to her head while sailboat racing on SF Bay. She finally quit that craziness but also has some cognitive impairment as a result of these injuries. Head injuries are nothing to mess around with.

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    Crashed when I flew off a water check with great air but my right hand was about 3" above the handlebars. Hit the ground and went over the high side. I crushed the right rear side of my helmet and, for the one and only time, was knocked momentarily unconscious.

    I hit a curb at 30 mph when I missed a corner. I did a Greg Louganis dismount...somersault with a layout and a twist to a pivot on my forehead.

    Got pulled off the bike onto to my head when my dog decided that she was afraid of the storm drain.

    Biffed my helmet when the chain slipped on a out of saddle climb and threw me to the ground.

    Biffed my helmet, helmet light and handlebar lights when I caught a tire on a patch of ice and went down hard and fast.

    Finally, I have a dent in my head from a post setter (heavy pipe with handles) that slipped as I pulled it up to drive the post in and hit me in the head. Ironically, it was at an event to give helmets to kids sponsored by a brain injury foundation.
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    Help, I'm going to upgrade my earlier comment to "sorry to hear about all of your incidents".
    Don't like to talk about things like this, and I shall touch some more wood again for everyone.

    Edit: funny but the autocorrection thingee changed my "hell" to help.
    Last edited by djb; 03-26-12 at 09:18 AM.

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    Thanks djb for the condolence. Both times I was on a DF. Maybe my luck will change with the bent.

    I have no memory of either event. One of the neat things about a concussion. As for residual cognitive impairment, I'm no more addled now then I was before the head trauma. Which ain't sayin' a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djb View Post
    Help, I'm going to upgrade my earlier comment to "sorry to hear about all of your incidents".
    Don't like to talk about things like this, and I shall touch some more wood again for everyone.
    knocking on wood here too. thanks.
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    I broke a number of helmets mountain biking and one on the road. The one on the road was caused by a lady running a stop sign. I actually hit her and flew over her car, smashing into the pavement. Got an ambulance ride and had a fairly bad concussion. That one and the worst one on the MTB resulted in unconsciousness and memory loss.

    Not a good thing, but I have had more concussions than I can recall. Some were work accidents, some kayaking accidents, and some bike accidents. I can never remember off the top of my head how many there were, how many resulted in trips to the hospital, or how many resulted in trips to the doctor. That may or may not be because my brain is addled from the various injuries.

    I have had a history of dizzy spells, sometimes bad ones that may or may not be the result of head injuries. My most recent neurologist said it was vestibular neuronitis and probably not a result of the various head injuries. I tend to believe him. That said the several neurologists I have seen over the years all had different opinions as to the cause.

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