Sik Mik Injury Update

Jun 6, 2014
by UR Team  
His head is ok, however after a trip to the hospital and some scans it has been made clear that he has separated his AC joint and torn his ligaments (stage 3 separated shoulder). After speaking to Inverness and Fort William surgeons, they think he won't actually need surgery however the team will turn to shoulder specialists in the coming week in order to get a second opinion on this. What ever happens, he won't be able to ride a bike for several weeks.

Expect Mick to be back in time for World Champs in Norway.
Thanks Dave Trumpore for the pic.

We won't speculate yet on how much time he will take to recover, but Mick is still as focused as ever and knows that he'll be back before the end of the season to battle it out for worlds.

The whole Hutchinson UR team wishes Mick a very speedy recovery.

Send him your healing vibes:
Hutchinson UR Team
SikMikHannah

Some hopefully more positive news to come tomorrow after Tracey, Guillaume and Fabien's qualifying runs.


109 Comments

  • 70 1
 Doesn't look happy at all. Heal up quick Mick!
  • 14 1
 Aye sorry to hear about this so early on in the season...
  • 8 7
 Sucks he's injured but Mick never looks happen haha
  • 18 1
 He's always happy and stoked to chat with anyone. Just a super focused dude
  • 6 1
 That face is his normal face. Can never tell if his happy or pissed. But this deff sucks. He's a top contender and was lolikg forward to see how he did at fort bill
  • 5 2
 or Happy haha thanks iphone for your silly auto correct.
  • 9 0
 Sik mik is sik
  • 6 1
 He may not show it on the outside, but I'm sure on the inside there's a very frustrated Mik. Nothing is worse than getting injured around the beginning of the season.
  • 3 1
 At least he's got his ridiculously hot wife to nurse him back to good health. Hope the recovery is swift...
  • 4 3
 This is exactly the injury I sustained about ten years ago, and I now have a permanently dislocated collar bone. It pokes right out of the top of my shoulder. Boy does it hurt! My doctors sucked. I had to learn my own physio. It took me nearly 3 years to train my shoulder to be able to throw a ball overarm and still have problems with it. I can still ride fine now however, but it took a while to get back on it properly! Good luck Mick, and hopefully with your doctors you won't take as long as I did to recover!
  • 5 3
 Yuuuup! same fall and injury Type III. My specialist said its the only type of torn ligament you can live with given you properly exercise your ROM. 3 years later and im still ripping it. Although things arent the same and you feel it ( popping shoulder blade+ clavicle ) which does get somewhat irritating sometimes. Cant sleep on that side anymore sideways ( tip of your clavicle will poke out and it feels shitty after a while ) I took the non surgery road and i dont regret it, but I am however looking into Minimal Invasive Surgery in the future. ( less chances of ulnar nerve damage ) as in the future arthritis will kick in ( it already started since the damage is already done )
Hope you heal fast man, positive vibes!
  • 5 3
 Same thing with sleeping on the bad side! I can only lay on it for about 30 mins before it screams in pain! As for the arthritis, my whole body clicks and pops when I move, I'm probably gonna be riding a Dh wheelchair in the next ten years! Riding Dh is such a high impact sport on your body, and I can totally accept that. I suppose it's the price you pay for the miles of smiles over the years.
  • 4 1
 Dam that sucks, Mik was on a tear this year. I have seen that injury on a friend on mine and not much you can do besides PT. One of those injuries that stays with you for life.
  • 1 0
 Yay I'm in the chronic shoulder dislocation club too! Still ride, and i don't get round to rehab much, I just try not to crash and when I do I tuck both arms in haha. You've gotta take shit in your stride.
  • 23 0
 do surgery, or as soon as the season is over do it, I did the same thing and didn't have surgery, regret it everyday, the constant numb shooting pain while just standing around is a healthy reminder
  • 6 0
 Stupid AC ligament! After my third degree tear, surgery was the best option. Sorry to hear about the shooting pain ^^^^
  • 9 0
 Always two sides to the story, I did a grade 3 AC sep and was back at work as a firefighter two weeks later, zero loss of strength, mobility or confidence in the joint and no pain almost 4 years on, surgery free and no regrets.
  • 5 0
 ^You're badass if that's true.
  • 5 1
 Every AC sep injury is subtlety different from what I see.

Personally had a type 3 and no surgery. Wouldn't claim to have it back 100% but it doesn't cause me big problems either
  • 3 0
 Completely true. Apart from the badass part. Maybe I just got lucky, who knows. Also saw a very good physio in Edmonton within 48 hours who gave me some very good advice. I have no doubt that helped a lot too.
  • 1 1
 I had a type one separation, which is the worst type and I didn't have surgery as my movement was still ok. My call at bone stick up an inch higher than the other one now though lol. Was a long recovery but it's just as strong as it was before, and the last time I spoke to a surgeon they said its stronger than my other one as the collar bone ligaments are as stretched as possible. I agree every seperation is different. Mick has a good team around him so he'l be back shredding soon.
  • 5 1
 Stage one is the least torn of all of them. It's defined I think as a strain of the ligament. I have a stage four from being tackled, personally hit the gym, don't use machines, the iron is good for stabilizers. 5 years pain free!
  • 2 0
 (Mine is completely torn, collarbone pushed back into shoulder.)
  • 4 1
 I hate to break it to you but type 1 is the least severe of the classified types and is really just a sprain (over-stretched AC ligament). Type 3 is a full separation, which you can clearly see in the x-ray and means that the ligament has torn in 2- that's gotta hurt. Heal up soon Mik!
  • 2 1
 I also suffered from AC III dislocation, it is going to be one year in 10 days. Did not have surgery in the end, but doctors were debating whether I should go under knife or not. The voice that favored the others was from a brain specialist that worked half her career in the ER who has seen a lot of this type of injuries (since I had a severe concussion too, broken AC + multifragment broken radius).

Nowadays I have slight problems with shoulder when I get sored in bed (when I sleep in an inadequate position on my side with broken shoulder), but next day it is ok.

I was riding bike in 2 months but the main pain problem was not the shoulder, it was the radius. So I believe that Sik Mik will be up and running no time.

The surgery is not necessary a bad thing, but they basically put a hook in your shoulder to keep the shoulder in place, and later on you could have bigger health problems. With no operation the worse case should be calcification of the AC joint due to large "empty" area. But if you keep mobile and workout regulary, you should not feel it until 50-60 years of age Smile
  • 3 0
 Separated mine 4/9/14, doc said between stage 3 and 5, no surgery route. Been riding same hard mix of mtb enduro, flow and bmx dirt jumps for 3 weeks now, no loss of mobility, no pain. At this time, only discomfort is sleep.
  • 3 0
 I had this exact same injury (Grade 3+ Separated A/C joint) 2 years ago and did NOT do surgery - Damn glad I didn't. Except for an unsightly bump on my shoulder that will never go away. I have full strength/range of motion and was riding in 3 weeks. When the doc told me I'd have full use I didn't really believe him. His point - you can do the surgery any time (it's not important that it get done ASAP.) See if it heals on it's own, and if it doesn't after 6 mos or so, then look at surgery. Dripping Pink - I bet the discomfort when you sleep will go away soon.
  • 2 0
 Such a shitty accident we go through as bikers! Im hoping for metal reconstructive surgery IROBOT styles haha..physio and stretches till then!
  • 1 2
 In this country stage 1 is the worst type of seperation where the ligaments are either snapped or basically snapped and stage 3 is not that bad of a stretch, typically taking up to 6 weeks max to rehab well. Stage 1 can take up to 6 months, I was back on the bike at about 5 months with a type 1 seperation.

Seen as Mik hurt himself in this country (UK) and that he said he'll only be out for 6 weeks and he said in an interview he had a stage 3 seperation... You do the math lol
  • 1 0
 No, in UK stage 1 is a sprain:

www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/article.asp?section=21

The author of this site is one of the top shoulder surgeons in country
  • 1 0
 My surgeon must be saying it the wrong way around then as he said he hadn't seen a separation as bad as mine in a very long time, and he has continually referred to it as a type one separation coupled with "the worst type of separation"
  • 1 0
 There are several type of injury notations, for every type of injury. For instance, from the same page: www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/article.asp?article=1448

My Tossy III was the most serious one from the possible three for Tossy clasification.
  • 25 1
 You inconsiderate bastard! I was really looking forward to you racing this weekend. Selfish, selfish, selfish.
  • 24 0
 Noooooo!! Get well soon
  • 17 0
 Damn!! This sucks.. Heal up Mik!
  • 9 0
 Got to talk a bit with him after andorra wc last year. Humble and down to earth man. A true gentleman. It is not at the podium where legends are made for me, even though he deserves it for sure. Heal quick with peace mate
  • 6 0
 I agree with what others say about NOT having surgery.

I have grade 4 separations in both of my shoulders. Sure I look a little odd with my shirt off, but other than that, I haven't had any issues in the 2-3 years since my accident (s). Physical therapy and keeping in shape will be all he hopefully needs. Although every(body) is different. :-p
  • 2 0
 Going under the knife is not a simple or risk-free solution. I'd agree, if you're able to do everything you like with minimal or no limitations from the injury, don't have surgery. You'll either have a bump or a scar (or sometimes both), so choose wisely.
I did a complete tear of all ligaments in the AC and decided to see how I would recover without surgery. After 2-3 months it was good enough to ride again, but two seasons later it was finally affecting my daily life enough that I looked into surgery. I'm coming up on two years after surgery and the outcome has been remarkable, but not without some minor lasting effects. I don't have tingling/numbness in my arm anymore and my shoulder is strong and stable, but I do have scar tissue and might eventually get arthritis in the AC joint (there's a small meniscus in the joint that I don't have anymore).
  • 10 0
 Mik sik
  • 7 0
 smith back.......but now mik out..........dam.. I really like to see every racer out there, makes for really great racing! We will see him back and strong as ever!
  • 4 0
 I suffered the same injury on my left shoulder last fall. I wish the doctors would have given me the option for surgery before 3 weeks into the healing process. It is strong, but looks kinda odd with such a huge hump since i did not go that route. Mine does not give me any problems pain wise at all.
  • 6 0
 If it makes you feel any better, I had the surgery and still ended up with the bulging collarbone. It's a look...
  • 6 0
 Does not bother me. My girlfriend has a different view though, haha!
  • 5 0
 thats so messed up was hoping for him get that podium 1st palce since it was such a nail bitter when AG took it from him well heal up SIK MICK hope to see You in WORLDS with health shoulder man
  • 2 0
 Is it me or is his injury very similar to Jeromes?

Heal well and fast Mik! I've talked to you for the past two years here and there and don't want to break that streak!

But more importantly, I want you to spank all those other gits.
  • 3 0
 AC joint injuries are one of the most common in cycling. Anytime anyone falls with an outstretched arm there is a good chance they could injure their AC. Hopefully Mik heals up well to be ready for Worlds!
  • 3 0
 Aaahhh, Mik - so sorry to see this. You're a true pro and I think, for one nanosecond, I can speak for the PB "community" in saying "best and heal quick!" We want you back asap!
  • 2 0
 Just did a L5 left AC sep to my left two weeks ago over boosting a jump. Funny my friend did a L5 AC sep to his right at the bike park. two weeks prior. I just did reconstruction as recommended by my referred sports med Ortho surgeon. I will be back on my DH rigs in 3 months. down time always stinks. been tweeking the bikes as a one handed bandit mean while. This is such a common injury for our scene and in mx. I am just glad that it didn't happen for the 30 plus years i have been riding on mx or dh rigs. NOw wrists, ankles and backs are another story. PINKBIKE should do a article on injuries, down times, and alternative projects to do while broken for us non pro sponsored types. Seeing me Cutting trail as a slngled armed trail gnome, must be a sight to see for those who ride by.
  • 6 1
 Cue all the PinkBike doctors chiming in.
  • 3 0
 i had a stage 5 seperation and recovered fully with no surgery needed just physical therapy, he should be fine in a couple months
  • 2 0
 Man , this sucks. First it was Hill's shoulder, now mick Hannah got beat up by fort bill. Heal up quick, wanna see you on top of the podium this year!
  • 3 0
 i just dislocated my shoulder and broke the socket, needed surgery and all that.get well soon Mik
  • 2 0
 I'd probably fly west and pay this Dr. A visit:
www.surfline.com/video/webisodes/podsurf-tv-profile-dr-warren-kramer_26058
Heal well!
  • 1 1
 He doesn't look happy? Rip your shoulder apart & try looking happy! I had exactly the same injury last year and it bloody hurts. The drugs are good, but they kind of knock you out a bit. I'm surprised he's standing up. Anyhow, its shit luck for any rider, especially for Mick who's up there with the best.
Surgery isnt always guaranteed, but the stability it gives, as well as getting rid of the huge lump on your shoulder has definitely been worth it for me. My arms are the same length again too!
A speedy recovery to Mick and don't accept anything other than Tramadol.
  • 2 0
 Healing vibes man! Currently sat out myself on 4th of 7 weeks in a cast, so ****** off it's untrue!
  • 2 0
 Your killing it always Mik and in always rooting for you I wish you a speedy recovery
  • 1 1
 I keep hearing riders getting hurt like this, am I the only one that wishes they would wear body armor?!? All these shoulder impacts. I can't help but think that they would walk away from them. Anybody got thoughts on this?
  • 1 0
 Body armor really won't help prevent shoulder injuries.
  • 2 1
 How will upper body armor shoulder pads "not" prevent shoulder injuries?! Have you ever worn dainese body armor and crashed. I have a totally walked away from crashes. Please enlighten me.
  • 1 1
 Idiot, it's not from hitting the shoulder it's the jarring through the arm!
  • 1 0
 Agreed on ACJ separations but reasonably sure armour does help limit various shoulder injuries?
  • 1 0
 I have never worn dainese body armor, but congratulations on buying some of the most expensive armor out there. It sounds like it's been a worthy investment.
I know several people who have separated their shoulders while wearing body armor. If you crash hard enough to tear the ligaments, a bit of plastic and foam padding on your shoulder isn't going to do much. If you land on an outstretched hand/arm, armor will literally do nothing to prevent a separation or dislocation.
  • 2 2
 It's funny that everyone feels they need all this protective equipment,when if you look at the old days people were barely wearing helmets.And still ripped hard as hell not worrying about the next fall .
  • 1 0
 @bhd13 and timmyp744. Timmy, did you not read the intro to the article?!?... "Sik Mik had a huge crash today. He clipped a pedal and went over the bars in a very fast rocky section. He LANDED on his head and right SHOULDER."

Timmy, you're the idiot! Shoulder pads will help you if you LAND on your shoulder! He had a helmet on and his head didn't get hurt. Same principal for shoulders. And what grown man calls themselves timmy!
  • 2 0
 @FaaaaaaastEddie: www.amazon.com/Dainese-Blanket-Inches-Fleece-Large/dp/B00JSP7YK2 Here's something you might be interested in, if you don't already have one. It will wrap you in a cocoon of safety while you slumber.

As I've already said, I now several people who have separated their shoulders WHILE WEARING body armor. In one case, he was even wearing the fabled Dainese armor. These guys were not riding at WC downhill pace, and they crashed in a similar manner (landing on the shoulder).

The best ways to protect your shoulder are 1. strength train 2. not crash.
  • 1 0
 The only ones neg propping me are the pu$$ys who have ti wear full armor on an xc casual ride .
  • 2 0
 ....Get better soon mate!
  • 2 0
 but he is my favourite Frown
  • 1 1
 Had the same injury, takes months for the shoulder to feel good enough to ride well. It still bothers me. Wish him a speedy and smooth recovery!
  • 2 0
 AC separation blows. Heal up quick Sickmick!
  • 1 0
 Either way,, get well...this is just a bump,,,that is it...keep positive vibes....
  • 1 1
 Such a bummer for such a legend. His 100th race didn't end up the way we thought. I was hoping for the top step on the podium. Get well Mik.
  • 2 1
 It's Minnaar's 100th race. Is it also Mik's? Gutted about his injury. Heal up fast, mate - excuse me, I mean - heal up fast dude! I just got back on board after a dislocated shoulder. No surgery, but not separated.
  • 1 0
 Oops, typed too fast. You're right, it's Minaars not Miks.
  • 1 0
 Shitty. I hope he recovers well. I hate seeing a talented and determined rider hit the dirt and incur lasting injuries.
  • 1 0
 Damn Mik! Hang in there buddy. You're way overdue for the top of the podium.
  • 1 1
 I did the exact same thing on march 1st on a huge booter jump......was riding about 2 months later and am now back riding hard. Heal up quick Mik......won't be long
  • 1 0
 Thank f@ck i had a transfer left in my Dirt fantasy league.

Get well soon Mick
  • 1 1
 He will now have the shoulder lump. I have one, and if you've ever separated your shoulder, you'll know what I'm talking about.
  • 1 0
 Mik - borrow mine for tomorrow - just bring it back working eh?? Gutted for you. Heal fast & well.
  • 1 0
 Huge bummer he has been so fast
  • 1 0
 NOOOOO! stay focused and diligent. heal up right.
  • 1 0
 Heal up Mick !! Racing needs you !
  • 1 0
 hup hup, heal up quick Mick!
  • 1 0
 Ouch!, heal up! we will be waiting your return!
  • 1 0
 That totally blows. Heal up quick Mick.
  • 1 0
 The rider that diserve win this year is out in fw.. What a shame :/
  • 1 0
 I just done the same now I have a cool lump on my shoulder.
  • 1 0
 Get better man you're my favorite rider
  • 6 5
 Sik Mick got sick.
  • 11 1
 Don't be a dik
  • 1 0
 Took me a while to clik what's going on here.
  • 1 0
 Heal up big fella.
  • 1 0
 Spewing buckets mate.
  • 1 0
 Heal up quick dude!
  • 1 0
 Hell up fast Sick Mik!
  • 1 0
 dang...
  • 1 0
 Get well man, get well!
  • 1 0
 Any video of the crash?
  • 1 0
 Heal up quick Mick!
  • 1 0
 Bugger.....
  • 1 0
 Ohhhh....
  • 1 0
 Get well soon mik....
  • 1 0
 Deserve*
  • 5 7
 Was he riding 650b?
  • 3 2
 don't start something man, wheelsize has no relevance here.
  • 3 0
 Genius
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