Consequences Of Motocross

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Motocross is considered to be one of the most dangerous sports. Most riders who take the sport of motocross seriously understand and accept the major risks involved with injuries. If you as a rider have not sustained injuries yourself, you certainly know someone who has. Visiting riding friends at the hospital is a common event. Sometimes it seems it is harder for the family of the rider to accept these risks than the rider himself. The risks riders take, range from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones, injured organs and concussions. Surgeries and rehabilitating are part of most riders’ lives. Protective gear and dirt bike education can significantly reduce the severity of injuries. However if you ask any rider, they will tell you that …show more content…
The chest protector is a hard shell, made up of plastic. Its job is to protect the chest and back bones and underlying organs. Broken ribs would be far more common without chest protectors. The chest protector provides shock absorption and a protective layer between the rider and the ground. It additionally protects the rider from what’s called a ‘roost’, this is the debris that is thrown at a rider from the rider in front of them. Some newer chest protectors are made to fit under the jersey so you don’t see it. Sadly some riders were not wearing chest protectors because they didn’t like the way they looked. By focusing on ‘looking cool’, some riders overlook the deeper problem of risking the safety of their bodies. Some competitive riders find that wearing an ‘over the jersey’ chest protector covers up their sponsorship logos. Fortunately with the new ‘under the jersey’ style, this eliminates the conflict between safety and sponsor …show more content…
The knee brace is similar to knee braces used for other sports except that a dirt biking brace is much stronger, helping to prevent twists, tears and broken bones from hyperextension. Riding boots are tall, heavy duty plastic and rubber. They do not allow for much ankle movement, the rider learns to adapt their foot up and down while riding without much ankle involvement. There are a lot of opportunities for injuries to the leg and feet of the rider. When rounding a corner on a track, the rider extends their inside leg out for balance, this can lead to the leg impacting the ground at high speeds causing

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