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June 9, 2022, 8:01 a.m. -  Andy Eunson

I think many of us know this intuitively that the more skilled speed sport athletes crash less but when they do, the consequences may be worse. My only bike injury last season was on a fun blue trail with lots of wee jumps. I didn’t even crash but came off line and pulled hard to get back in control. Ten minutes later my neck was hurting. Causes me to be more careful. Sometimes one can be too careful and that leads to crashes.  Articles like this one are important as they make us aware of the risks. Too many times it’s all hero videos which don’t reference the risks. Not always though. The video where Wade Simmons broke his femur was an exception.  There are always going to be athletes that thrive on the risk taking. They can suppress the fear which is a skill I don’t have. I can get a rush cleaning a tough technical climb similar to riding a technical drop. Something that’s just a fear inducing low skill drop though and I’m probably walking. Things that take more guts than skill.

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