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So guys, I need some input from someone who has suffered a debilitating head injury, or TBI. A mild concussion doesn't count. TBI is essentially a concussion, but far worse. To put things into perspective, I was in a coma for five days after my motorcycle accident (this was on the street). Am I saying that you need to have gone through the same thing? No. However, I would like some input from someone who has suffered a debilitating injury, maybe just an injury of any kind, and had to make the decision about whether to ride the following year.
I'm twenty-one years old, and have raced motocross every summer since I was fourteen. It makes me feel... well, I'm not really sure how to describe it. My life is rather mundane, but when I get on that bike and race, I feel alive and in control for however long I'm riding it. I live in Alaska, by the way, so summer is like five months max.
Point is, the injury will not be the hardest thing I've ever had to go through, if I do indeed decide to stay off the dirt bike this summer. The hardest thing, guaranteed, that I will have gone though, is to have stayed off the bike this summer. It is one of the very few things I truly love in life, and I fervently look forward to it every year. I do nothing in the winter.
Buuuut, and this is a big but, I'm also not an idiot. My brain injury occurred in very late September of last year. If you all think it's more than just wise, but critical, to stay off the bike this year, just like my doctor thinks (but you know doctors... always over-protective of your physical health, like parents), then I will stay off of it this year. Looking up at that bright sun, experiencing the peak of summer greatness, it will undoubtedly be monumentally difficult to put riding into the back of my mind, but I can do it.
What do you think?
By Bryan Bosch
A few months back, the bursa sack in my left shoulder swelled up like a balloon. Very, very painful, but MRI showed signs of tears or visible damage. I took it easy for about 6 weeks and it's pretty much back to normal. I've always had a very slight pop/click feeling in my left shoulder on mostly overhead movements (that I can recall), but not consistently or that I noticed all the time.
Post my bursa sack flare, it now is more consistent and a bit more noticeable. The one exercise that seems to make it pop/click the most noticeable is incline bench press. So, I've avoided this particular exercise in my weight training routine or other movements that just don't feel right. It's not painful, I'm just being cautious. I don't lift any heavier than I can well control (no hurky-jerky lifting) or that I can't complete a decent amount of reps with. So, I pay attention to my form.
That said, any suggestions? Should I keep avoiding exercises that makes it pop more? Is the popping harmless? Will it just go away? Should I have it further evaluated? It's not getting in the way of daily life, riding, etc... It just pops with certain loaded movements and I'd like to have a complete set of exercises in my routine.