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Dirt Bike Safety Tips – what to look for

Hey there C2W Fans,

I was riding over the week end on the hard ass ground, why you ask. Because it is like 20 degrees out and that’s how it goes during the winter time in New England. You take the good with the bad, so it is a harder hit when, ( not if ) but when you take a digger, it is going to hurt twice as much now. It is going to feel like hitting a concrete wall each time. So it got me thinking of something. It got me thinking about how many people know what to do in case of ( When good things go bad.) I my self was thinking, if I was out in the middle of the woods, or just even in my back yard. What would or could I do if something was to happen. Now I hope it never happens to any of us, but unfortunately this is not the case when you play with the dirt toys. when you are riding their is a high risk of crashing. That’s when I figured out I would give out some knowledge of dirt bike safety tips, and what to look for.

ALLWAYS HAVE YOUR PROPER PROTECTIVE GEAR OR PPG

But there is a variety of crashes, and things that can go wrong while you are out riding. Why not get prepared for something as opposed to panicking when something happens. In fact being prepared can be the difference in having a headache, or mis diagnosing a concussion. Now I don’t mean to get so dramatic but I have recently been doing such training. I am not saying all of a sudden I am a professional doctor or something, but I will definitely take in some new knowledge and training if it means I could help my self out their in the woods, or my fellow brother or sister dirt biker. Let’s face it folks, we all want to go home to our families, loved ones, and or friends. ALSO, SOME OF US ARE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. So what I am thinking is just going over some basic knowledge, and go from their. Also, if you have a story about something that happen to you, you could add it to the comments at the end of the post. Don’t be shy either, sharing is caring.

Knowing the signs of a concussion, and what to do once you have.

Once again people I am not a licensed doctor, this is stuff you can read right off the inter web. I personally have been going through a training course so that some day I might be able to help people out with some riding knowledge, and for me the knowing is better than not knowing.

So the first thing we are going to go over is understanding what you can look for if someone was to go down hard, to the point where they are not acting the same as the guy or girl you left with a hr ago. Concussions can happen to anyone, but in sports’ it is more noticeable, and that’s because you are putting yourself continually in situations where it could happen. Lets just try, bringing this a little closer to home for you super cross fans : check out this story from David Millsap, this is eye-opening.

STATISTICAL FUN FACTS : not so fun

  • 90% of most diagnosed cases do not involve loss of consciousness.
  • 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with it rising in numbers in middle school athletes.
  • 33% of all sports’ concussions happen in practices.
  • 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports’ concussion during his or her season.
  • An estimated 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury – or related disability
  • 3.8 people diagnosed every year

CONCUSSION RATES PER SPORT

THE NUMBERS THAT YOU WILL READ BELOW INDICATE THE AMOUNT OF SPORTS CONCUSSIONS TAKING PLACE PER 100,000 ATHELETE EXPOSERS.

  • Football : 64 – 76.8
  • ice hockey : 54
  • Girls soccer : 33
  • boys lacrosse : 40 – 46.6
  • Girls lacrosse : 31 _ 35
  • Boys soccer : 19
  • wrestling : 22 – 23.9

their is more stats, but these seemed to be the worst of them.

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Symptoms of a concussion are as follows :

Let’s face it riding a dirt bike is dangerous fun, most bad accidents are to the head, spine, and back. So Let’s take a little time and figure out what are some symptoms of a concussion.

The person you are looking at, or for yourself will show signs of :

  • DIZZINESS
  • NAUSEA
  • DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION
  • BOTHERED BY THE LIGHT
  • WILL ALSO HAVE BALANCE PROBLEMS

Concussions may or may not cause unconsciousness, so diagnosis is going to be based primarily on the signs and symptoms.

Prolonged symptoms have an 80 – 90% resolve within 7 – 10 days, but in children or a young adolescent, it may take longer. Also, the symptoms on the athlete may be delayed. They sometimes can get worse over time as well. Concussions are typically associated with grossly normal structural neuroimaging studies. In other words, unlike other injuries, concussions are usually injuries no one sees and, contrary to the popular belief, they don’t show up on most magnetic resonance imaging ( MRI ) exams or CT scans. Look I am not reading anywhere that these are not used or helpful, because they do use them, and if there is a case of internal bleeding they can see this. I am just saying from what I have learned and read, it is just not the main factor of a diagnosis.

The Second Impact Syndrome – S.I.S.

Definition for Second Impact Syndrome is basically, a second blow to the head before the head has time to heal from the first concussion. This can cause blood circulation changes, that can cause a person to stop breathing minutes, days or even a week after the first injury, and does not need to be severe. Adolescent athletes are at a higher risk of S.I.S.

You should not return to till you are cleared from either you Physician or a licensed Health Care Provider.

You will not be able to see a concussion, so just be aware and have just a little knowledge of the symptoms. A person may have one or more symptoms. There is something also called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or ( CTE ) This is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with history repetitive trauma.

  • Some off the symptoms :

  • memory loss
  • confusion
  • impaired judgment
  • aggression
  • depression
  • Every concussion is different with every athlete. May have one or more of the symptoms.

  • Here are 4 :
  • physical
  • cognitive
  • emotional
  • sleep related issues

THE SIGNS :

  • difficulty remembering things
  • behavior changes
  • slower reaction time
  • loss of consciousness

Treatment:

The best way to treat a concussion, is going to be resting you, and your brain. Limit the mental activities, this will help the brain to recover faster. Your doctor or physician may prescribe some sort of medication as well.

Return to play:

Well before you can get back out there as an athlete,  you must take caution to make sure you are even ready to get back out there.  You are probably going to do some base line testing,  before and after. It will probably be in the form of some computer testing, and they will make sure that your balance is up to par. Here is a couple guidelines for returning to play.

Return to play guidelines:

  1. no activity – lots of rest
  2. light aerobic exercises
  3. sport specific exercises
  4. non contact training drills
  5. full contact practice
  6. return to play

Conclusion:

Well as you can probably see, concussions are not a good thing to mess around with, and if not diagnosed quickly. Things could get worse, depending on the severity. So please be aware of what is going on with your friends, when you are out there ripping up the trails. You, and you friends life, might depend on it. So this is just a small piece of Dirt Bike Safety Tips, because there is so much that can go wrong out there if you are not at your best, so be your best. Let me also say that it could not hurt to take some kind of health education course, or CPR training.

Is it better to have the knowledge, and not use it.  Then not have the knowledge, and just panic.

Well once again thank you for coming, please feel free to leave some comments on the post, and or something that might have happened to you.

Mark @

Connecting2wheelz.com

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5 thoughts on “Dirt Bike Safety Tips – what to look for

  1. Hard ground is definitely no fun to crash on. It can also change how a bike handles drastically. My local riding spot is a dirt path, about the size of a road, and during the winter when the ground freezes, a fine layer of gravel is left on top. Really can’t corner too fast. Me and my buddy both had forgotten about this, and both ended up sliding into each other. Be cautious when riding with friends, and make sure to keep distance.

    1. I could not agree with you more Devin. The front wheel likes to push through the corners, and the back is always wanting to come around. I know studding the tires makes the world of difference someone might say, maybe next year. lol. Is that a fire road you are riding on, sounds like it. I like the way you think Devin, keep your distance, be safe, and always have your proper protecting on. Hows that KDX doing?

      1. We have a small fire road that leads out through some swamp out to an abandoned road. It had some faster sections but they quickly turn into tight slow terrain so it’s important to watch riders around me. Better to go a little slower than crash into a riding buddy. My kdx is treating me great still getting used to the power. Worlds different than the cr125. How’s your kdx holding up?

          1. Love to hear that it’s working out well for you. Can’t wait for the weather to get better so we can all get back on 2 wheels.

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