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  • Glen More
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    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6850964.ece
    nothing we did not know already always try to keep off the trails as much as possible, to many hard things to fall off and hit.

    fauxbyfour
    Member

    It'll be all 'Health and Safety' next. WTF does 'an urgent review' mean anyway?

    Swello
    Member

    News from September?? Did you have to go and hunt that out especially? 🙂

    Glen More
    Member

    It's all about balance.

    The yin and the yang….

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    i agree with the issues raised about PPE

    keep skin suits out of mountain biking!

    ebygomm
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    Surprised by this statement

    Cycling is the second-most common cause of sports-related spinal injuries, after diving.

    Would have thought rugby and horse riding would be higher

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    “There does appear to be a disproportionate increase in the number of mountain bike injuries and they are, in general, more serious [than other cycling accidents],”

    disproportionate to what? numbarse!

    the total hours of MTB leisure use in the UK has rocketed in the last 5 yrs. Maybe he should properly evaluate the rate of accidental injury before puffing his ego out there.

    what a twonk.

    8 spinal injuries since 2004? Whilst none of us would wish any such injury on a fellow rider, less than 2 incidents a year given the huge increase in the popularity of MTB'ing does not seem that bad.

    I think we all accept that it is a dangerous sport and accept the potential consequences of a bad pile up

    Jamie
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    ebygomm:

    Cycling is the second-most common cause of sports-related spinal injuries, after diving.

    Just think if footballers stopped cheating. MTB'ers would be #1!

    Before i get my coat i would like to agree with the horse riding statement. I have been watching a program called Helicopter Heroes recently, about the Air Ambulance serving parts of Yorkshire, and nearly every week there is a horse rider. One week there was a girl who had been picked up by the air ambo a few months previously.

    tazzymtb
    Member

    injury lawyers for tw*ts will be loitering at trail centres

    "fallen of your bike due to riding like a tit?, call us and we can get you money to compensate for your lack of skill, we'll find someone to blame"

    before you know it trail center insurance premiums will go up massively to cover the cost and it'll slow down new developments and trails. 😕

    Glen More
    Member

    tazzymtb – Member

    before you know it trail center insurance premiums will go up massively to cover the cost and it'll slow down new developments and trails.

    Do you suppose there might be a down-side too?

    tazzymtb
    Member

    Do you suppose there might be a down-side too?

    yes all the trail center buffoons will have to play in the real outdoors and all the lovely "natural trails" will be crowded with 6" travel bikes and fat gits looking for an uplift 😆

    chopperT
    Member

    "More than 120.. accidents since 2004…" Not completely representative statistics I'd suggest, judging by the catalog of injuries displayed on here! 🙂

    ooOOoo
    Member

    …the defendant was well aware of the peer reviewed science on rigid SSs and their benefit in teaching correct trail skills, yet he willingly chose to persevere in the use of his skills compensator, and found himself in a situation he could not responsibly deal with. He came off the one inch drop totally out of control, and the group of cub scouts had no chance…

    neillp
    Member

    Quote –
    Derek Cox wrote:
    Is nowhere safe from these pedestrians on wheels?

    Certainly lives up to his surname!

    TinMan
    Member

    Hmm, the Glasgow Spinal Injuries unit trying to be representative of the whole UK?

    Funny as having spent 4 yrs working in the Sheffield SIU in the late 90's, only a couple of pts were from diving and only 1 ever from biking (not MTBing).

    Top was motorbikes (also very good for serious brain injury) and cars, horses were quite popular along with falls from height (usually ladders or roofs), gliding and hang gliders were quite popular and some rugby players. Even had 2 pts (both adult) with broken necks from bouncy castles.

    So all in: 8 MTBers in 5 yrs for one medium sized SI unit would appear quite an increase, but in the grand scheme of things still a drop in the ocean of hours and people out on bikes doing stupid things.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Never had a single MTB related causality in 20 years.

    hh45
    Member

    I've been involved with a hospital that specialises in aquired brain injuries that tends to mean a severe physichal disability following a brain injury. Its a sad place being full of blokes in 20s – 40s most of whom I am told result from road accidents but no doubt rugby, horses, diving, para gliding, base jumping, bouncy castles, DIY and so on have there results as well.

    It is shocking how often the air ambulance atends bike events (3 x this year at trans wales) but i get impression is just being cautious (quite rightly to I'm sure) and most are out and about pretty soon. When I was knocked over and unconscious as a kid in 1970s the teacher put me in back of his car and drove me 20 miles to A&E.

    TandemJeremy
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    Tinman – the southern general takes all the spinal and serious head injuries for the west of Scotland – so not the tweed valley but the rest of Scotlands mountainbike hotspots from dumfries to fort william. Probably more than half of these types of scotlands mtb injuries go thru the southern. So it is a significant factor ( if low total numbers)- its not the same as it just being another district general.

    Premier Icon igm
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    Having moved from Glasgow to Yorkshire, I think horse riding is also more popular down here, which would affect the results somewhat. Just one other sport that but you should really normalise the result for the hours spend doing all the sports in the survey.

    kevonakona
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    Storm ina tea cup it may be BUT look what a few spinal injuries has done to school boy rugby in Scotland (new age levels) and a lot more legislation.

    Reluctant
    Member

    Good picture, Repack! Did you take that one? 😉
    Totally agree, storm in a cuppa.

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    "Is nowhere safe from these pedestrians on wheels?"…… Well Derek, in Scotland, thankfully no. Our access agreement shares responsibility and long may it stay that way and that is part of the attraction.

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