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Mountain bike helmets really do not fit well with neck braces and don't actually do their job in preventing axial loading, which is what really causes bad neck fractures. They also don't necessarily prevent flexion/extension enough to prevent subluxation of c-spine vertebrae.
It's currently a major misconception that braces do anything in MTB'ing other than increase the number of clavicle fractures that we're seeing associated with neck braces.
Full face helmets prevent the bodies tendency to roll to dissipate the forces in a crash which is why you can still get a high C fracture with a Normal style helmet where a full face (unless you get an impact causing a lot of helmet rotation resulting in a highC fracture) will generally get lower C spine fractures from when the helmet prevents the body from rolling and the helmet itself causes a 'helmet induced C spine injury.
Neck braces DO a lot to minimise the forces on the neck in these type of crashes and the LEATT brace has been specifically designed to do its job to minimise the force then break to allow the body to roll if it is needed. The Only thing that leatt as a company could be accused of is actually dropping the ball on the Science promotion and efficacy of their Neck braces. This has occurred over time as they focus on other safety products that are more about form, function and arent so science based such as knee and elbow protection where people don't want to have a science test to show them how their elbow will be protected they want colours and logos.
All of Leatt's original data showed that a properly designed brace with FF helmet minimises the forces on the neck area in not just one, but multi axis. The rest is up to the randomness of crashes, speed, steepness of track etc etc.. So whilst it is one part of a protection system it is an important one. Roll the dice if you want, the difference could be sipping through a straw or actually making a recovery. That is the difference between lowering forces.
The other often un-thought of (you mention it somewhat with neck / helmet system) is when was the last time someone brought a helmet and actually thought about how the extended chin bar on some helmets is going to be a massive lever on your head and neck compared to another brand when you actually put them bases together to check same sizes for profile. So, if you guys think neck protection is shit then at least choose the lowest profile, lightest (but still DH etc rated) helmet out there. Never DH or MTB in a helmet designed and tested for MOTO. The amount of kids I used to see at BMX races putting their kids in the wrong size and or inappropriate full face helmets because their confederation didn't have a specific stipulation...
I've broken cervical and thoracic vertebrae, and I'm happy to wear a brace and chest/spine protector
The difference in numbers of injuries - 239 without brace, 26 with brace - could also be attributed to any number of other factors. Its not as if every single rider had the same exact crash, same speed, same helmet, same age. You'd have to run the same accident with and without brace to be able to confidently state that not wearing a brace is 89% more likely to result in a critical c-spine injury.
They clearly state that people break clavicles wearing neck braces, just at a lower frequency than not wearing one.
Its an interesting set of numbers though and I commend their work and dedication to safe riding.
Was it on the same drop as Brook?
And so what if they are?
That's what downvotes are for.
What I want to know is what happened on Vipavee Deekorballes run?
Most of us come to pinkbike to read about our two-wheeled passion, but in some ways it's also a platform for sharing ideas. If pinkbike doesn't like those ideas, does that mean censorship is going to become a theme?
As Pinkbike is a mountain biking site I'm sure the majority of members wish to discuss biking matters. There's lots of other sites people can go on to discuss politics/religion/gender theory etc.
I'm all for Pinkbike "censoring" comments that cause unnecessary offence or are likely to. The alternatives are:
- removing the ability for members to comment at all
- a total free-for-all whereby any opinion no matter how prejudiced or offensive is tolerated. I shudder to think how ugly that would be.
And, my experience makes n=2. Racing last year I got spat over the front end so fast, and hit the boulders head-first so hard, that the crowd went silent because they thought I was gonna die. I did too. Broke the helmet, an arm, and a wrist. I am 100% convinced that the Leatt helmet/brace combo saved my life. I got up and finished my run instead of being carted off in a litter.
To each their own, but if I'm wearing the big helmet I'm wearing the brace too.
From now on, if the full face goes on, the leatt goes with it. I even race enduro in a leatt.
Bryn Dickerson, fractured a few vertebrae in training early in the season
Brook MacDonald, fractured vertebrae in practice
Kate Weatherly, fractured vertebrae in practice.
Maybe the rest of the Kiwi's should skip training and practice and just go to the pub?
As Wyn says, "Win or loose we're on the booze!"
Take your time to heal properly. Spinal injuries are no joke!
Wonder what kind of treatment you'll have. Remember when Dan Atherton had a C-spine fracture he had to have this frame attached to his head at first, creepy, but he did have a full recovery!
What a freakin' full of injuries this year has been.
Writing this with a double-bone ankle fracture... 1 month post surgery...
Healing vibes, to all of you fallen this year
I believe that trans people need to be afforded an opportunity to compete in their own division.
I'm also not a garbage human being with no class who thinks that an injury report is the time to raise personal issues with UCI rules regarding trans athletes
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