Tracey Hannah is Currently out of Crankworx Rotorua 2018 - Video

Mar 18, 2018
by Paul Haysom  
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During the Crankworx Redwoods DH race, Tracey Hannah had an over the bars crash landing on her head and damaging her helmet. After a check with the medics and completing an international concussion detection test, she was removed from competing in not only today's race but the rest of Crankworx Rotorua. Although in two days she can take a retest and it will then be decided if she is able to compete again. We caught up with both Tracey and Darren Kinnaird (General Manager of Crankworx) to talk about what happened and what the next steps are.

Get well soon, Tracey!



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  • + 316
 The current medical consensus on concussions are that they are a serious issue and should be treated as brain damage, and have a accumulative effect (her worlds crash was also a doozy).

It is fantastic that this process has been implemented to assess and protect the rides from further injury. Tracey stated that she failed the test - then saying there is no real test or no real symptoms, and she feels fine. When she has recovered from this concussion she should watch this clip to see the symptoms! She is distracted, interrupted speaking / losing train of though, slow, appears 'drunk', emotional.
  • + 31
 Absolutely agree, nothing more to add to this comment
  • + 44
 I think losing Dave Mirra to suicide woke this industry up, finally. I've had a few knocks, and it's easy to play the "tough guy" and "think" your ok but your really not. And recovery takes longer than a few weeks and you might not recover 100% ever. My last concussion was 10 years ago and I still feel some of the side effects. This issue needs to be tackled head first and I am glad they are taking the proper measures instead of pushing for results. A very BIG PROPS to the people involved in that.
  • + 26
 Spot on Smuggly!

Major props to the event team for following through with a concussion protocol for the sake of the athletes!!!

This is a mountain biking milestone that helps establish & document a new standard of safety.
  • + 55
 @Boardlife69: "This issue needs to be tackled head first "

Maybe not head first?
  • + 9
 @Poulsbojohnny: actually it should brains first. Thankfully Dave Mirra understood his condition and donated his brain to be studied.
  • + 20
 Shouldnt you run a pre-concussion test to file it and compare results pre and post to have some kind of a starting point?
  • + 12
 @donpinpon29: Perhaps, but a pro athlete being unable to properly carry out basic co-ordination tests doesn't really need any kind of baseline to show that something is wrong with them, even (especially) if they can't tell any difference themselves.
  • + 7
 @donpinpon29: Yes we did it for my son for soccer. It gives them a baseline to compare to since everyone is different
  • + 17
 smuggly nailed it.

I've had a few concussions over the years and had two in relatively quick succession. That's left me unable to drink alcohol as any (and I mean any, even mouthwash can cause it) gives me a migraine for a few days. It put me off work for a week and even though I felt fine I've seen videos of me form that time and I can now see I was a wreck. I have other symptoms too that are with me for life and may get worse so I'm super careful now.
Tracey in that video is not her normal self, slow talking, loss of focus and slightly rambling compared to her other interviews. Even comparing it to ones she's done after a gutting result she is not her normal self.

Get better soon Tracey, missing one race is not the end of the world. Permanent brain damage on the other hand could destroy your world.
  • + 2
 I agree with everything you wrote and think it’s a great thing the have a test and won’t allow athletes to complete if the failed the test. That being said, I just watched the video expecting to see her punch drunk, and she seemed fine to me the interview. Maybe she had to pause once or twice to collect her thoughts, but I didn’t hear any slurring or her repeat a sentence she had just said 20 seconds earlier.
  • + 5
 This is why we recently started requiring concussion baselines and monitoring on my collegiate MTB team. Based on concussion baseline failure, we stopped a rider from continuing competition that USAC would have not had any (rules) reason to hold back, simply because most race organizers and orgs don't have any policy in place on this issue.

Doing that sucks for the team, especially when it's a good rider, but an individual's health is way more important than their race points.
  • + 4
 Concussions are serious. Take Simon sharp for example www.mbr.co.uk/news/simon-sharp-351367
  • + 8
 @ICUJeremy: Expect her to have been allowed to race at a UCI World Cup though. Which might sound wrong, but unfortunately likely. We're pretty big on concussion awareness / prevention down here in lil ol' NZ as one of only two countries in the world with compulsory helmet legislation (the other is Aussie).

She should not be allowed to compete for another two weeks, just like the rules we have in rugby. Not a check with a doctor a few days later and then cleared to ride. The second impact doesn't even need to be hard for it to be fatal. No trophy, no matter how tall and sparkly, is worth risking a fatality for.
  • + 13
 Proud of us on this front taking things seriously and our 'she'll be right' attitude has changed. Echo that couple of weeks stand down - I'm surprised if she failed the first tests they would even suggest looking in a couple of days again; everything I've heard about concussions for the last decade says you can be in serious trouble if you get repeat concussion within a month. The (hopefully last..) time I concussed myself my physio read the riot act to me spending a good 10-15mins ensuring I wouldn't get back on my bike for 4-6 weeks. Despite me saying "yes I know I'm not going to get on my bike" he still spent the time illustrating it.
  • + 1
 Totally support this, been there post head impact feeling slow and crushing headache for days.
  • + 7
 Mate, this is how she always speaks, not being funny. Not sure if you've seen her do other interviews + her ted talk. Hope she's not offended Smile
  • - 23
flag AntN (Mar 18, 2018 at 15:38) (Below Threshold)
 Tracey seems completely back to normal in this clip, she's from Queensland we all sound like that. I sense the insidious pong of BS that's keeping Tracey from racing so that she doesn't win.
  • + 4
 @AntN: your conspiracy theory makes no sense. The organizers want to keep the most popular female athlete from racing? Uhhh...Ok. But why didn't they just cut the prize money if they don't want superstars competing!
  • - 1
 @Rubberelli: I'm not saying it was ancient aliens.... but it was ancient aliens.
  • + 4
 @AntN: if she's "normal" you are saying she's stupid, and that's why she failed several categorizations of the test?
  • + 10
 @AntN: Speech aside, she failed a balance test and I'll take a wild stab in the dark that her balance is usually ok.

Allowing someone to believe they are all a-ok to ride through the bush at their usual crazy speed when their head is out of whack is ridiculous.
  • - 14
flag AntN (Mar 18, 2018 at 20:48) (Below Threshold)
 @fraggler: The balance check was taken not long after the crash.... I'm not suggesting anyone be lead to believe they are all ok, but we don't need to go into full nanny state, snowflake mode.
  • - 6
flag AntN (Mar 18, 2018 at 20:50) (Below Threshold)
 @UtahJohn: Just because she (or anyone) doesn't speak with a yocal yankie wang, doesn't mean she (they're) stupid.
  • + 8
 @AntN: Yeah, so the doctors thought she was concussed. There's anecdotes in this very post about the consequences of repeated blows to the head. Independent third parties are used to make these decisions because the competitor will nearly always want to compete.
  • - 4
flag AntN (Mar 18, 2018 at 22:53) (Below Threshold)
 @fraggler: Tracey has added further comments about this...., so anything more from me would be just a wank.

'Over and Out'
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: Do you have any further Information about Dave Mirra donating his brain for science?
  • + 2
 Really glad they're giving this proper care now. I've had my fair share of concussions but no one really told me what it was. The doctors didn't get any further than "Take it easy for a while until you feel good again. And have someone wake you up every other hour for the first night". Really, you don't know how well you're doing. I recall one day I was ambulanced to the hospital, they took some pictures, some stitches and I was dismissed again. So when walking around the hospital I saw my buddy inside. So I gestured to stay put and I went in again, not a clue how I was ever going to find him in that unfamiliar hospital. He probably found me when I walked in.

"Where were you going."
"Home."
"How."
"Ah, I thought I'd take a bus."
"You know where the bus stop is then."
"Nah, I thought there should at least be a stop somewhere around the hospital" (I thought that was clever.)
"Do you have money for the bus then?"
"Errr... no."

It seemed funny at the time but in reality it goes to show how poor your judgement is. It really took an article from Danielle Baker here on this website for me to learn what a concussion really is.
  • + 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: That is great, i agree whit this process. I believe having a baseline helps measure the extent of the concussiin better. Good initiative from your son's soccer league/federation.
  • + 5
 @wickrider: Unfortunately not required by them yet. Two years ago my son(13) and a teammate went up for a header and my son caught his teammate right by the eye socket. Barely looked like they touched.
The teammate starting to feel weird after practice. Anyway ended up missing more than a month of school. That's when we decided to do it for my son.
It's why I think people like AntN are idiots.
  • + 3
 @Boardlife69: and the looking back on the day/ days after when you think you're good, but later you realize you were insane.

Last time I was concussed I passed the test by paramedics and fire, was allowed to go straight home. I couldn't figure out how to text or call people. I knew how technically, I knew I should, but I was so out of it I couldn't make myself do it. I just stared at my phone, and wondered what the hell t was doing just sitting there.

Yeah.
  • + 1
 @donpinpon29: spot on man, I'm working on some ideas for a pre/post head injury survey for international bike parks. It would be a very useful app aswell
  • + 182
 I have been reading through the comments! - is not the way I wanted to start this message, however, its those of you who actually do comment that I wanted to speak too, so I guess that it is how I will start. My crash was pretty simple, I missed the line that I was trying to commit to, my bars twisted up and kind of sling-shot me into the nearest tree like a penguin dive. The top of my head directly hit the tree and my neck and spine suffered some impact as well. The video interview I did was not directly after my crash, it was, however, done within moments of me being told I had failed the concussion test and I would be out for all of Crankworx at least, I was super upset, I was very disappointed in the fact that I couldn't race Rotorua crankworx. I can be pretty useless at interviews at the best of times, and this interview was not pretty. I was in shock, not only crashing but my Crankworx week was over, and potentially the overall downhill series which I've won 2 years in a row. One of my goals for the year was Crankworx DH series champ for the 3rd year in a row. I spent my offseason working really hard towards reaching my goals. I think its good to keep perspective when taking judgement. For around 45 minutes I had concussion symptoms. In the interview, I did, and do feel fine, with the obvious, headache and sore neck. The point is, EVEN if you feel fine, you probably could still have brain swelling, bruising or injury, which needs rest. After a big head impact, minimum 6 days as I learned yesterday is the beginning of recovering from a concussion. I am not actually allowed to compete until I have a sports doctors written sign-off that I am O K. The information regarding concussions is so new, the studies are so recent that we as athletes have a lot to learn as well. This has been a huge lesson for me as it would be the first time I have stepped away from competition due to hitting my head. I hope that this can be an example to everyone, take any kind of hit to the head serious, look after your brain. Crankworx has done a great thing in preventing further injury by having these rules in place.
  • + 20
 Get well soon! Can't wait to see you compete at the next race when you're all healed.
  • + 6
 It's hard to have sensible criticism when you're not a professional racer who's income depends on racing but I will go ahead and give it a shot:

Even though I'm not a physician I do understand that repeated hits on the brain do "accumulate" and can lead to issues further down the road, especially if enough time is not given for the brain to rest and heal. You've got only one brain and it's your central processing unit so it has to run the whole show... please take care of it so you can have emotional, intellectual and motor health for many years to come, we really want to see a Tracy who can have fun, be mentally healthy and kick ass racing for many many more years.

Hoping I was sensible and polite I wish you a speedy recovery.
  • + 4
 Thanks for posting! You just about always feel better before you actually are, and they say the absolute worst thing is to re-injure a concussion before it has healed. I'm sure you'll be back after it in no time!
  • + 3
 Good decision! it's so easy to push yourself in the heat of the event. Hard choices are sometimes to take the "easy" path.
Just checking Lorraine Truong rehab will comfort you with this choice, it's slow, very slow.
  • + 4
 Good work Tracey. I have encountered mums and dads who are furious that their kids are not allowed to race after being told their kid is likely concussed. The thought of them having wasted $50 for their kids to race is often much more important than their health, which is why we have extremely strict rules at our races now.

Responses like yours really help our industry and I am glad you are taking the time off to heal your head up.

Good luck on the rest of the season. Smash it!
  • + 3
 @LittleTrace13 I do get your disappointment to not race and having a poorer chance of defending your title. But it is decisions like these that eventually allow you to have a couple of very good years ahead of you. I was very disappointed when you had to leave the circuit after an amazing 2007 season. This time around I'm actually very happy you're given the kind of guidance, time and respect to heal up properly. I don't think any DH fan (nor your sponsors) just looks at the title. What's exciting are the comebacks. The modern role model is the athlete who properly looks after his/her body, training regime and recovery. So just take your time, look after yourself and you'll be fine.
  • + 5
 Hi Tracey, that's a great piece you've written there. Wishing you all the best for your recovery.
  • + 3
 praying for your recovery my sister.
  • + 4
 Speedy Recover @LittleTrace13 We're all rootin for you!
  • + 4
 Hope you recover quickly and fully! And thank you for being role model for others in the sport. It's tough being professional when everyone is evaluating and commenting. You've managed that admirably.
  • + 4
 Get well soon and take the time off now so that you don't run into complications later. There's actually quite a bit of concussion research but you need to hunt for it.. Not many people are aware of what you can do, and a big part of the mainstream medical community just recommends rest but there's a whole post injury protocol that you can follow to aid the reduction of swelling and repair.
Supplements for swelling control, recovery and brain function: It's a long list and it's advised you seek out a professional sooner than later to help customize a supplemental program.
eg: Protein, Creatine, DHA, boswellia, quercetin, ginger, turmeric, resveratrol, grape-seed extract, alpha-lipoic acid, SPM and Choline and that's only about half of basics for post concussion care. Which by the way continues for about 2 months! Early attention is critical but proper healing can take weeks and or months. My wife's a Chiro and she's put a lot of effort into learning about concussion care so I hear all about it.
Concussions aren't something to dismiss too quickly better to err on the side of caution.
  • + 3
 get well soon Tracey!! you are a great member of the world's MTBing community, we love you!!
  • + 2
 You'll heal up soon enough and kick ass for the events that you can compete in, there's no doubt about that. In the meantime stay positive that you will get past this when your body is ready. It's tough to trust a doctor when you feel good enough to ride but head and neck injuries are no joke. Kick back for a couple days, read a book, and relax.
  • + 3
 All the best Tracey!
  • + 44
 Got a whole season ahead of you tracey, look after that noggin, you only get one.
  • + 3
 I'm sad for her, but I'm very happy that she was stopped from racing, and support Crankworx's decision. We will always be a Tracy fan, and when she is cleared, if she loses or wins the DH race, we will cheer for her.
  • + 30
 Did I hear that right, "I penguined over into a tree", if so that's a hilarious description Smile

Heal quick, concussions are serious business
  • + 4
 Maybe she found a penny? Hopefully its a good luck penny and she heals up soon. Womens DH needs her. We need her. Get well soon Tracy. This is why we need better helmet technology.
  • - 6
flag Luniz82 (Mar 18, 2018 at 3:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Boardlife69: A helmet can not prevent a concussion. Concussions happen, when the brain slams onto the inside of your scull and subsequently swells up. Not much a helmet can do against that.
  • + 0
 LOL. I heard that too, and now I'm picturing a a somewhat rotund girl flapping tiny little arms and legs as she flies through the air into a tree
  • + 4
 @Luniz82: We'd need bigger helmets with lots of cushion to slow down deceleration on impact.

Huge helmets would also look very funny!
  • + 6
 Penguin diving is what she said perhaps? But still funny.

Get well soon Tracey!
  • + 6
 @milanboy1986: Umm yes, a helmet can prevent a concussion. Maybe not 100% but every little bit helps. Like I said, we need more research to further our understanding so we can improve the technology.
  • + 0
 @colincolin: Well yeah, that's the dilemma, right? Bigger helmet may be able to absorb a straight impact more efficiently (if designed properly) but they also increases rotational loads which also increase the risk of concussion. So a bigger helmet is not the ideal solution. I'm not too excited when I see pictures of these little kids with seemingly huge full face helmets, considering the loads it gives on those small heads and necks.

Now of course I went slightly off topic. Tracey is no kid. My point was, no helmet can completely avoid injury at the pace she's going at. Some helmets may have worked better than others though, but it doesn't come down to size only.
  • + 1
 @vinay: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAJnKOAwywU


This looks cool, I'd wear this for sure!
  • + 1
 @icowan: For street use where impacts may be straight then yeah maybe. But doesn't strap around your neck like that? You don't want it to catch anywhere whilst rotating/rolling. It may either strangle you or it does indeed have some room to move and you end up facing the inside of your helmet (with an exposed rear hand and no way to see where you're going or whatever is heading towards you (like your crashing bike after an OTB).
  • + 14
 2:04 kid riding past with no helmet! Kinda ironic during an interview about a concussion
  • + 12
 Awesome to see Crankworx taking concussion seriously and pinkbike for sharing the reasoning. It's a shame to not compete, but lets be honest it's only one race and this is serious.
  • + 12
 Don't need a concussion test to tell she's out of it, so spaced out
  • - 6
flag colincolin (Mar 18, 2018 at 3:39) (Below Threshold)
 she was just very bummed out
  • + 14
 Errr, no.
She’s clearly concussed. Slured speech, scattered, emotional stress.
I’m sure she’s bummed, but this video clearly shows she’s got concussion.

Source - my dad died of brain haemorrhaging from a bike accident 9 years ago while I was living and biking in Canada for 3 years
  • - 10
flag colincolin (Mar 18, 2018 at 4:34) (Below Threshold)
 @Waldon83:
I'm very sorry to hear that. As long as you guys aren't doctors you still cannot diagnose her especially seeing her on your screen for 2min.

I didn't mean the word 'just' in like that it was the only thing that's weighing her down at this moment. I should have left the word out of my comment. Sorry for not being a native languager like all of you.

We should switch up the internet's language every now and then to see what happens. Serait très drôle ouais? -- No tu opinion es mierda. Obrigado. Lass stecken.
  • - 4
flag Boardlife69 (Mar 18, 2018 at 5:00) (Below Threshold)
 @colincolin: yes we can diagnose a concussion from a video, in fact, I don't even need to click on the video. I can clearly see it in her eyes just from the thumbnail. But to get a true diagnoses to see how bad or which level (there are five with five being the most severe) she needs a MRI.
  • + 39
 Maybe ratboy has had a concussion since 2014?
  • + 25
 Ratboy had a hell of a digger in Maribor quite long time ago. For me the ost cringing and disgusting bit was Rogatkin falling off a cliff at Ramage and continuing to ride. That was fkng horrible.
  • + 3
 @mcozzy: We would have to drain the ~ahem~ theraputic herbal compiounds out of his system before anyone could find out.
  • + 1
 @colincolin: Go watch a video of Tracey Hannah normally, compare it to this. She's talking at about half the speed she normally does, she might be feeling ok but she's way out of it.
  • + 5
 @Fix-the-Spade: You always feel ok after a concussion. Its a natural reaction to try to fool yourself into thinking your ok. I remember that I had to "prove" that I was just fine not only to the doctors but to myself as well. You go into denial.
  • + 5
 @Boardlife69: The funniest thing is that right after the slam (even if you pass out for couple seconds) you think you're totally fine. You tell everyone you're ok and trying to ride down to the car you barely stay on the road..
  • + 0
 @colincolin: und so was unverschämtes gehört nicht hier her. Ihr geht es ganz klar nicht gut. And if you want to insult people do it properly. Your statements are null and void.
  • + 11
 @Samuli-1: It's not something unheard of, the stories about people riding a few laps after a slam, coming down to the bottom of the lift station, sitting down to eat something and passing out. My friends kid hit his head into the steering wheel of a bumper kart at amusement park, they calmed him down, then he took a few more rides, vomited straight after sitting in the car on the way home and passed out. They drove to Emergency, concussion right there. Me, hitting head first, going home, mild head ache, feeling tired as hell on commute to work, riding flat asphalt, feeling as if it was a climb, then during following week: sudden memory loss every now and then, finding myself sitting in front of the computer and going: what am I doing here, I've just been in bed?! Did I left my kid at pre school today? Then I wonder how many folks take a digger at the bike park and drive home alone. YUCK!
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns:
So very true. In my fire/medic days we had a kid in an adjacent district die after getting hit hard playing "American Football" and after sitting a couple plays, go back in the game. He was unconscious the next morning and died soon after.

On a personal note: about 5 years ago I hit my head on a low hanging beam. I had all the symptoms you mentioned. But, I kept on going. I have been in a couple of experimental treatment studies so far, and am signed up for a third.

The first study was a bust. Very competent people, but I didn't have what they were looking for. The next one found the injured area, and their treatment helped a little, but not even close to 100%. The next one, if I get in, will try and retrain my brain to work around the injury.

What makes it worse, I have taught emergency responders and school coaches how to recognize head trauma. When it was me, I didn't recognize what should have been clear. Would a couple days sleeping all day in a dark room have made a difference? Maybe, maybe not. But I wish I had done it.

It is great that at the high levels of competition there are protocols in place to evaluate a rider who could have a head injury. A big question is how do we get them in place for recreational riders and in local competition?
  • + 3
 @Waldon83: sorry for your loss bro, concussions are very serious and great to hear crankworx taking them so seriously, about time sports put the humans first.

I've been knocked out 12 times (accident prone) and may not be a Dr, but can spot someone with a head injury thankyou Mr German guy with two of the same name.

I have permanent short term memory loss and speech problems and even had depression for 5 years after my biggest head injury when I got hit by a car, I had a stutter, word association problems, zero short term memory and couldn't do basic things like walking up stairs holding an object for a few years afterwards.

Hope Tracey heals up but I reckon the after effects of a big head knock only leads to more crashes, hope she gives herself due time to get straight again.

.
  • + 3
 @ctd07: according to some people ekhem... not sure how to put it right... psylocybin helps. I am serious no matter how stupid it sounds. Paul Stamets - check him out.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Paul Stamets is a mycelial genius
  • + 1
 @Waldon83: After listening to his podcast on JRE I'm going to often roam the nearby grassfields in autumn to get some stores for the winter... I also ordered Lion's Mane from his company Host Defense. I totally drunk the cool aid.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: It wasn't just that Rogatkin crashed and rode on that kind of bothered me, but more that it was actually applauded as amazing. Sure it takes athletic skill and strength (and some luck) to get away with it that well, but unless you're very sure he's fine I'd say the safest thing would be to shield him from the bright Utah sun and only clear him to ride if he can actually pass these tests. That said, it was an earlier crash that struck me as odd though. Romaniuk crashed during Rampage 2003, got unconscious, recovered and got back on his bike right away.
  • + 3
 @Dangerous-Dan: Haha! While I was in med-school I took a big slam to the head, was out for like 15 minutes, ended up in a hospital. At the time I was planing to be an ER doc, saw many people with head trauma during hospital shifts, was pretty much aware what the recommendations after such trauma are. When they admitted me they told me NOT to get up from the bed. What did I do? During the first night I took a couple of trips to the bathroom, could barely walk only hanging on to the wall, scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the 1st time with half of my face swollen, bruised and scraped, but that didn't really make me think, no. The next day I took a longer walk, nearly vomited half way, got in front of the hospital, where my friend has brought my beloved bike cause I wanted to see how it was after the crash, then, still wearing my hospital gown, and with broken handlebars took a short ride on it, seeing mostly a blur around me (everything was moving sooo fast!) and only then decided that I'm tired and maybe should go back to bed. Then the next day I realized that I REALLY wasn't supposed to get up, and when they took me for some tests I had to ride in a wheelchair. They wouldn't let me out for a week. Funny thing is that apart from the first day maybe, when most of the time I was seeing so many little sparkles of light everywhere, I was feeling really good, actually as if a little drunk.
Bottom line is: a person after a head trauma shouldn't be allowed to make decisions for him/herself, cause even a medical professional gets stupid after a blow to the head.
Stay safe people.
And Tracey, don't worry, take care of yourself first, then go back to doing what you do best. Your are giving us some much joy watching you , and we want to see you all well and healthy and happy, that's what matters.
  • + 5
 She failed the test, so she had a concussion - be it mild or severe, it doesn't matter. I think this is just disappointment speaking. Second impact syndrome is not something you can mess around with.

I had a fall on a road bike in March of last year. Broke my helmet (KASK Mojito) which was a sign it was a nasty hit - I was shaken up but felt kind of ok after the crash. I finished my ride, did a days work, and only when I went home and had coordination issues, that my wife pointed out something was wrong. The next day I was dizzy, but felt nothing was wrong... until I realized that I didn't really remember much of the previous morning - I can remember it, but in a pretty disconnected fuzzy way.

It took me 2 months before I felt genuinely back to normal. Concussions are not something to mess about with.
  • + 3
 Some 25 years ago I started working in a shop to pay for my Marin Bullfrog Trail. Man that was a rocket. Anyway the shop owner was a triathlete. A good one. One day he got new pedals and just went for a ride literally down the road. He could not click out......he just tapped his head slightly. Rook him a year and more to be semi functional again. Few year ago a friend broke his skull at work. He never got out of the depressions. Last year à buddy didn't listen and stair gaped without a lid. Lucky to be alive. He is not the same either anymore. I have a long list of creme of mushroom soup also. Wear a lid and after every bang no booze and rest for a week. It's simple. Just look at Tracy's eye sockets. Man I hope she listens to the docs.
  • + 4
 Don’t mess with head injuries. Been two years since my OTB and I still can’t work or drive, and have difficulties with vision and balance. Like they say if you have any doubts sit it out.
  • + 1
 I tried "Atlaskorrektur". It's the correction of the position of the atlas vertebra. My vision got clearly better and my noise sensitivity is almost totally gone and also the tension around my head and my neck is getting clearly better. (had a huge road bike crash in September 2016, struggling about 8 months really hard and had some minor vision problems and noise sensitivity until two weeks ago (the time of the correction)).
  • + 4
 I'd rather see her opt out of races and take care of her self first. It must be very hard emotionally to accept that you will loose points. Healing vibes help. Get well soon Tracey.
  • + 3
 Better safe than sorry.

She competes at less than 100% and slams her head again it could cause long term damage. People in the middle of a concussion rarely know they have one... or want to admit it.
  • + 2
 Interesting video and discussion in the comments. I'm a fan of anything that promotes the preservation of health in the long term for athletes and impressed by Crankworx's adoption of a concussion policy.

That being said, I came here to post: cute doggy friend at 2:12!
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 I've suffered only one concussion in the past, but it was for sure the worst thing medically that I've had to go through. About 5 years ago I did Muay Thai boxing, took a pretty hard hit to the front left of my head during training, I distinctly remember it felt like my brain slammed into the back of my skull.. didn't lose consciousness but sat out the rest of the nights session. I had to drive the 5 minute journey back home afterwards which was incredibly difficult as I felt like I'd had a few drinks. I remember telling my partner she had to keep an eye on me that night and that I'd go to the doctor in the morning. About 30 mins later I couldn't stand without feeling like I needed to vomit the vertigo was so bad. Being pretty dumb about it all I crawled off to bed and essentially passed out for about 13hrs. My memory is pretty vague from the first few days, I remember going to the doctor and he did all the right tests and diagnosed it as a mild concussion, suggested a week of work (which was fine since I was unemployed). My partner was working so I stayed home to look after our 6month old baby boy. I was getting intense paranoia and panic attacks after the third day and feeling incredibly depressed, my head felt like it was on some kind of spring contraption, like every movement caused this residual wobbling sensation and shaking in my vision, all I wanted to do was lie in bed. This went on for 6 whole weeks.. hardly any change in symptoms at all, I should've gone back to my doctor but I had convinced myself he would think I was just emotionally unstable and imagining it all, because that's exactly how I felt, I was so scared I wouldn't feel normal again, suicide was popping into my head over the smallest little problems, it was horrible. I had two job interviews that I can barely remember although one resulted in a job which was handy lol.

Anyway it was the worst thing I have had to experience and never want to go through it again. 2 years ago I went on SSRI medication to treat depression paranoia and suicidal behaviour. Something I had dealt with in the past but I have no doubt my head injury played a part in exacerbating those symptoms. Not sure what the up shot of this story is just thought I'd share my experience with head injury. It can happen so suddenly and affect you for a very long time in lots of ways. Like everyone else is saying, you only get one brain so look after it
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 It is great that they have a concussion program. Younger people always think they are immortal. Anyone who knows someone with serious concussion can see this, and unfortunately recovery times are incredibly long. She will notice when she uses her phone or computer and then i hope she reconsiders. Multiple concussions will be life altering.. Get well soon, Tracey!
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 Get well soon. Take the time to full recover so it doesnt get worse. Ive had atleast 15 concussions in my life and didnt stop riding and now im paying for it. You will be good to go in no time.
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 Wouldn't it be possible to have an accelerometer in an helmet, that record the last few minutes/hours of "shaking"? The industry has probably thought about this before though, and maybe it's not feasible, or simply not relevant info about the severity of a crash...
  • + 4
 Heal up Tracey! Take it easy & get back to 100%
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 Everyone that rides need to watch The Crash Reel.
At least this clip if you think TBIs and concussions are a joke.
www.imdb.com/title/tt2499076/videoplayer/vi3451629081?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_3
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 Take care Tracey. Great to see the est. looking out for you there. Take it easy and enjoy the show. Your gunna smash the cup this year!
  • + 2
 Hope she feels better soon. Now I'm going to play a drinking game where I take a shot everytime someone says theyre "gutted" about her not being able to participate.
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 Gutted. Do it.
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 GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED GUTTED Come on, I dare you. Do it.
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 I'm gutted for tracey Hannah because she's gutted over the association being gutted by her not being able to race. All jokes aside, I really am gutted for Tracey Hannah
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 Gen Manager at 2:02 wearing helmet unbuckled to promote helmets, kid cruises by on mtbike without helmet haha heal well Tracey! Smile
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 As a kid rides by at 2:00 with no freaking helmet on.
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 Rest girl,and then go for it ,cause you are a different breed from all the rest ,you are tougher and stronger,wish you the best
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 Helmets are not designed properly for one. This video is a TED talk about bike helmets and seems is VERY unpopular opinion, but I believe science over fear marketing.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=07o-TASvIxY&t=407s

Do not reply unless you've watched this.
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 We could talk about riding anything including DH or Moto without a helmet and the benefits outweigh the con's. This TED talks about commuters and the adults in your neighborhood. And in BC where we have helmet laws it does bring up some thought doesn't it?
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 Watched it. Sorry, but where was the science? It was nothing more than an opinion piece with some unverifiable 'facts'. Its an 8 year old video that talks, briefly, about testing that is done to pass legislation. Manufacturers will test their helmets in a myriad of other ways that do reflect real world impacts - check out some of the info that Kali helmets as one example put out there. Just because the legislation requires a low bar doesnt mean that a helmet is only designed to just pass it and thats it. It really doesnt take more than a little common sense to see how a little polystyrene will reduce the force acting upon your head. Then in addition, some simple physics backs that up - reducing time of impact reduces the force of impact. We could test it out if you like, I'll wear a well designed helmet and crash into a tree, you do the same but you wear your tin foil hat - see which of us talks crazy after. I'm sure Tracey would've been in better shape not wearing a helmet that the Ford and General Motors illuminati told her to wear so they can sell more F-150's.
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 @icowan - I watched the video long time ago and the dude has been widely criticized by actual scientists. So don't call it science until you checked it with other sources. Skull fracture is actually a thing when it comes to crashes, especially in commuting, where you are surrounded by hard surfaces and travel at relatively high speeds. Another example: having a helmet for skiing on piste is theoretically a waste of money and increases the risk of concussion. Even back protectors are unnecessary. That would be true, except there are other people around you on the piste that can crash into you.

So I have this one for you and others and please don't comment until you've watched it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rnq1NpHdmw
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 If you believe science I'm not sure why you value that video. It's a talk pandering to conspiracy theorists and is jam-packed with a great many fallacies common when misinterpreting real data.
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 @WAKIdesigns, @icowan:

Well, I watched both those videos. I am left with an old saying: data is not the plural of anecdote. That, and that anyone who cries "conspiracy" needs to have proof.

Also, if something is totally counter intuitive, it needs to be looked at long and hard. Did anyone else read that the astronaut twin "had significantly altered DNA after a year in space"? Yeah, well... he didn't. It probably made a great Theodore Lecture, though. Please remember, those are not science. They are entertainment.

Me, I would wear a helmet when I drive a car if I could do so without angering the local constabulary. In my firefighter medic days I saw some really disgusting skull fractures, mostly on the side of the head. The people who had them did not have good outcomes.
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 @RLEnglish: This is precisely why I posted this. Legislating fear. Removing common sense.
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 Tracey has a top spec lid, suffered a concussion, so, it prevented

a. a more severe concussion
b. prevented cuts and bruises

what am I missing here? What is the purpose if they do nothing about concussions?
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 @icowan: Didn't you just say it prevented a more severe concussion? It also stopped her head from being split open.
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 @icowan: except his lecture is a horseshit. Legislating fear, heh, as if there wasn't enough fear mongering without legislation, like MIPS or neck braces, or full body armors. For a more extreme example, isn't seat belts in cars legislating fear? I will tell you what is the ultimate solution to this: common sense. wait wait, weren't you talking about it and I thought this lecture lacked it?! So there is no common sense, you have to make one yourself, in fact you do all the time, it's just that sometimes it coheres with the sense of other people, so that pool of beliefs and common opinions, laws forms something that can be called common sense. Actualyl I believe Polish language has a much better word common sense and the direct translation would be: "healthy reasoning". So I personally believe within my reasoning, is that if there is a law that comes at a low cost to my well being, with a potential reward (not fracturing my skull) I just go with it. I don't go against it just for the sake of being awake as fuk because that is a rather dubious part of thought patterns responsible for critical thinking. It ounds paranoic by critical thinking requires critical thinking and thinnking outside of the box is in the box of being outside of the box. So check shit after you heard it. if it's too good to be true it probably isn't true. An idea to criticize helmet because methods of certification testing for them are outdated, is rather silly.
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 @WAKIdesigns: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAJnKOAwywU

This is proven WAY better than conventional helmets, which only prevent about 50% of fatalities and only marginally reduce injuries. They are more for cuts and bruises and profit from the marketing wank.
The entire industry is spewing marketing wank about helmets safety. it's all bullshit.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcqLqrfg16E
The "standards" they measure too aren't nearly good enough to justify making them mandatory.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I completely agree with using helmets btw, and I know this TED talk is hyperbole. It does bring up some discussion about concussions and safety hysteria though.
Two things I don't like is that Hannah is being prevented from making her own choice. She has been told the risks, let her and her team decide. No?

And mandatory helmet legislation really irks me. Educate, let the people decide.
When I grab my bike to run to the store for chips, I don't pad up with full pressure suit, do you? What if they make full body protection mandatory even for commutes!? How silly does this get?

I see so many pedestrians wipe out in winter, THEY should have helmets too!? At what point does this just get silly?

I love that airbag helmet but wonder about its capabilities off-road.
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 @icowan: I see Hovdens daily on the cycling paths an I am aware of the company for several years now. Three people at my work own them, you can get up to 70% off from insurance company. One colleague got a full refund for one unit.

I wasn't arguing for obligatory helmets. Swedes did a research why people don't use helmets and most answers were: "they are uncomfortable and they destroy my hair". So you can't save people from themselves. Belief that people don't wear them out of informed choice is a lunacy.

Helmets protect from skull fractures, aside from cuts and bruises, you are running some sort agenda against yourself. I have colleagues at ER who can describe all sorts of gruesome cases, especially roadies - I stick to my facts. If I was to talk of marketing driven fear mongering I'd bring up MIPS as a prime example. And that is something supposedly protecting you from concussions. What saves you a lot of pain is learning to ride a bicycle, and most commuters have as much will to do it as to educate themselves against head injuries. In advent of E-bike era, and there are already plenty of them on bike paths (including hacked ones, including fkng cargo bicycles - God kill them now) that is a serious problem.

I'm done here. If you don't want to wear head protection be my guest, just be careful spreading these bollocks.
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 @WAKIdesigns: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRGfGJOMZSo

It's not just me, I am really trying to look at ALL sides objectively. It's really hard to separate the hyperbole marketing wank from the science.
Anythings better than nothing, there must be some common sense ground.

Ohh god e-bikes indeed!!
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 @icowan: let me be clear in order to put my money where my mouth is in terms of intellectually charged discussion. I am presenting my own world view based on the stuff I have read and watched. To me, using a helmet is best of both worlds. I do not condone laws making helmets obligatory because I jnow you cannot save uneducated people from themselves and I’d hate someone forcing people into education. One could potentially increase safety by introducing obligatory cycling license, where tou are taught basics of haning a bicycle, but then who will control whether people are taught correctly? Are people who get a driving license skilled enough for handling a car in critical situations? Off course not. So I give it a pass. Natural selection is like laws of physics. It just happens.

One important factor of riding in a helmet when it comes to rotational forces is that a good helmet will provide less friction against the ground where analogicallt your head would be a grippy bike tyre and pisspot kind of hard shell would be a slippery surface. In coming years science hopefully will figure out that factor vs leverage of the force that helmets thickness increases. Now that goes out of the window in the case of crappy soft helmets (talking about hitting asphalt) where I could easily see that they act like a grippy surface where combined with increased leverage, they do pose bigger danger for concussion than no helmet at all. So we are left only with skull fracture. For the record a 6-7 yr old kid at my daughters school hit his head against a pole after riding a slide that was currently covered in ice. He fractured his skull. Slide was 2m tall at around 30degree angle, and ice sheet behind it was neary flat, 2m long. So it didn’t take him that much speed and distance to achieve that.

To sum up: to me personally, wearing a good helmet is reducing the injury. Striving for elimination of it, or hugely reducing it, is a utopia.
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 I am very hopeful for the future, seeing this kind of talk and unfortunate events to inspire people to do research in that area, and other people to fund such research.
  • + 1
 Tracey Hannah always looked more or less tired lastly, but this time she looks exhausted. I hope she will be back at her best. Courage Tracey!!!!
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 LONG TERM HEALTH! Please all you younger folks take this seriously. Feels to T.H. one of my faves.
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 Props to Tracey for still sending positive message about not competing with head injuries although she is pretty bummed.!
  • + 1
 Poor Tracey,.. She always has terrible luck, I can relate to that.. Heal up so you can smash UCI!
  • + 2
 Rotorua looks a lot like BC; right down to the clearcuts.
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 Totally! Looks like Cumby
  • + 2
 When I lived in [says in a hushed voice] Toronto, flying into Vancouver felt like coming home to NZ
  • + 1
 She feels ok?! She looks like she's having a hangover! God! Go get some rest girl!!!!
  • + 1
 I honestly think that without injuries and bad luck, Tracey could win it all this year. Heal up soon!
  • + 1
 Healing vibes Tracey! Take the time you need.. you only get one shot with your head gal. \m/
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 Very sad to read that, get well soon Tracey
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 The brain is the only organ that can assess itself.
  • + 1
 awesome call wow. take notes NFL
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 Get well soon, Tracey!
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