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Femur break on road gap attempt

I broke my femur on this attempt of a Road gap, landed about 8-12" short of the 25 distance i needed and Rear wheel cased hard, The Snap sound at the end is the femur breaking.. No shit... Recovery time 3-6 months Diagnosis. Center fracture of the Righ femur, Hairline fracture in the his on same side, minor break to Scapoid ( left shoulder blade ) on opposing ( left ) side.. Bummer.

51 Comments

  • + 6
 day by day.....slowky, i was able to put my own shoe on yesterday.....lol......sweet..

thanks for the kind words.. Big Grin
  • + 2
 well i didnt break mine like that but i broke my femur right above me knee. i know how you feel it deff sucks. haha that shits gonna take a while to heal but deff keep up with the physio thats the best you can do
  • + 1
 not to be a downer on the vibe or anything but dosent the femour take about a year to heel? seeing as its the bigest bone in the human body?, get better soon!!!!
  • + 1
 bone itself takes 6-7 weeks, but getting your leg to actually work properly, your pretty close haha.
  • + 1
 It's been a year, how is it?

I know you had a rod inserted into the bone, but when they do that did you wear a full leg/hip cast or something like that? Obviously you used crutches but as far as a cast goes, what was it because of your hip as well?

I ask because I broke my tibea (lower leg) in soccer, didn't need a rod, but had a cast go all the way up leg, so far up that one time when I prepared to sit down at a desk I had to lean and slide in (keep in mind I'm wearing kinda baggy gym shorts, easier to put on than anything else, you would know), I didn't do it right, and my balls snagged between the edge of the seat and my cast. It hurt so much when that happened, so bad it's past that vomiting squirly feeling to a blank mind help me kind of feeling. Random side note I know I'm sorry, but it really happened, something to cheer you up when you read this.

Good luck with the healing process. Because of my break, I was allowed to put weight on it which sped the process to 2 months, and 4 months until 100% healed.
  • + 1
 No cast at all as the prosthetic is inside the bone. used crutches for a month and then a cane after, but not really for the hip, the femur hurts your entire body when it breaks, every time you move or breathe it hurts ... You do not want to break this bone, I shattered my heel 2 years prior and that was like eating ice-cream in comparison . ... sorry for the lateness of the reply.
  • + 2
 It is at 100 % again for sure.. in fact I am able to catch 30 lbs more of free falling weight with this leg now, So i suppose in my re-couping of it I made it even stronger..

I beep when i go through metal detectors ( even though Ti is non Magnetic )

I am occasionally poked internally from a screw mounter a little too deep in my hip

and I am a little more cautious when it comes to Gap's, especially road gaps .


otherwise Great... Had a better season riding then I could ever have impagined, did some very technical lines and had a lot of fun.
  • + 4
 that made me not want to freeride for 5 mins.ow
  • + 2
 If anything It should make You WANT to freeride, cause you can... I am soo stoked to recover so I can ride again... I might Have to walk away form that particular roadgap though... recovery is a bitch, the worst is not being able to snowboard, but Doc. says I'll bike again by summer... Yay.
  • + 4
 shit happens man well in for goin for it
  • + 2
 O SHITTT SNNNNAAPPPP lol hope u doin better or good now, best of luck on recovery
  • + 1
 ....................................ow
  • + 1
 yeah man. hope u can get back to that thing to kick it's ass soon! haha! hope u get better soon
  • + 2
 Then I wonder, how did I survived this.

http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3033060/
  • + 4
 that drop made me feel pathetic and oowwwwww the snap made me wanna curl up in a hole and die
  • + 1
 hahaha afro-99, that was the f*ckin funniest comment ive ever read
+1 for you
  • + 0
 dude thats fucked up.
  • + 0
 owww man its nuts what a few inchs can do too you..mines similar maybe 6 inchs too short Razz www.pinkbike.com/video/11685
  • + 1
 oh my god id be pissed if i got hurt right before snowboard season, but at least you'll be good to go for next season
  • + 0
 U wont go off in the metal detectors, i shatterd my 2 years ago nd i dont go off at the airport, i hav 3 screws in ma right hip
  • + 0
 Actually I ring like The bell at last call When i go through.. It's a Huge rod in my leg composing the entire length of my Femur... It's pretty funny actually.
  • + 1
 Ooouch! That sound was awful! I swear I can almost hear that bone cracking, cracking, craaackiiing! Get better soon man!
  • + 1
 Duh! I did not read the description of the video. But it is actually better if you donĀ“t and then read it and realize that is the sound of a breaking bone...nasty.
  • + 1
 wait was it the snap sound when you cased or is it at the very end...
  • + 1
 Loud snap when I case.
  • + 2
 good luck on recovery
  • + 1
 Confused ouch, that was defenantly the wrose crash i've seen!
  • + 1
 I helped build that Gap. We call it Black Death. This is Don right?
  • + 1
 it Is indeed, who is this from CastlegNar Crew?? Smile I am Bc. bound next week.
  • + 1
 daahaa thats the noice he made.
  • + 1
 happy that you recovered almost completely!
  • + 1
 thanks man, There is no "almost" in it though, Completely recovered and Now in posession of more Titanium... precious titanium. Increasing my net value... lol.

... am back to riding at full strength, still this jump will haunt me for a while .
  • + 1
 Is the bike ok?
  • + 1
 yeah, demo 9... bomb proof. not even a scratch .

and Still riding it . Smile
  • + 1
 fair does. ive done the same sort of thing on my glory but the drop i did was 15ft high by 10ft long with a log sticking out of the landing i came about a foot short but somehow rode out of it only problem was i turned the seat
  • + 1
 VOD
  • + 1
 thats big
  • + 0
 Did Dr. Heard put you back together? He did my knee, and he's the man.
  • + 0
 nope, dr. powell. Seems he did a decent job ( i hope ) I'm now graduated to Cane-walking... Wee-hoo
  • + 0
 tight shitt
soon time to drop in Wink
no problem
  • + 0
 holy, have you done it since?
  • + 5
 Nope, I am a month later and Will be another 2 months before the Femur is Healed up, I also have a brocken left shoulder, though it is fairly minor in comparison. I will beep all the time now when I go through the metal detectors at the airport Cause I have a Titanium Nail drilled through the center of the Bone Holding the 2 Sides together.. Lotsa painkillers and Slow recovery everyday... When I'm better I'll have a look at it again, but It's hard to say... this may be a deamon I'll have to walk away from As it's quite a painfull and REsilient lesson learned. I'll be good enough to be on bike again next season, but will have to start off easy, prolly doing some Xc, to re-gain all the lost muscle mass in the injured leg, and I'll have to not rush The Healing and Be cautious about jumping stuf for a while... This Injury SUCK'S ..
  • + 2
 the kind of thing i dread happening to me Frown
  • + 3
 Just remeber "You ALWAYS need more speed" ..lol, 8 Friggin inches short Frown
  • + 0
 i just fell today and ripped my entire right side up and thought that was bad! i feel ya. and i think i speak for everyone when i say that we hope u feel well soon
  • + 0
 March 26th, have been Back on my bike and Even done a little Light Downhill Due to the nice Spring-like weather here.. winter was hell. Summer is gonna kick ass.
  • + 4
 Props dude!~~healing vibes~~
  • + 0
 i do but i gotta card to say its the pins and plates in my back
  • + 0
 fair dooos dat was baaad hope you get better
  • + 0
 ouch that sucked i was like omg i could hear your femour snapping
  • + 0
 owww

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