Injury

John Foss wrote:

>
> This is a story you might want to repeat to the newsgroup. If not anything
> else, it’s an example of one of the types of injuries unicyclists can get.

While riding a 24" Miyata in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade with a bunch of the
Northern California Mountain Unicyclers I managed to have a disagreement with
the asphalt. I’m not sure exactly how it happened. I was goofing around and
needed to back away from another rider. When I attempted to take my foot off the
pedal and step down my foot seemed to be stuck to the pedal. I was leaning too
far back at the moment and started to fall. I must have put my arm back to break
the fall, although I’m not really sure, and went down moderately hard. I got up
quickly and noticed that my left wrist felt as if it might be sprained. I was
able to move it around pretty well, so I got back on my uni and finished the
parade (about 1/3 mile, I think). About half way through that last stretch the
parade stopped and the pain in the wrist started to increase as we stood around,
but it still wasn’t too bad. When we got to the end of the parade route we stood
around for a long while trying to decide how to set up the unicycle lessons Tim
Bustos had arranged when I noticed there was a strange and rather pronounced
lump on the top of the wrist below the index finger. Things were getting rather
uncomfortable and I started to get dizzy. I sat down and took some Ibuprofen.
When my head cleared a bit I got back on my unicycle and rode back to the car
and then drove to the hospital.

The X-Rays showed that I had comminuted the distal radius (three lateral cracks
and one transverse crack on the end of the radius [one of the two bones in the
forearm] with two pieces of the bone broken away, but still in place).
Fortunately the bone didn’t have to be set or pinned, but the arm was placed in
a long-arm cast for six weeks. 16 days down, 26 days to go.

I have been riding for over 25 years and this is the first real injury I have
sustained, not counting road rash and pedal bites. I was wearing a helmet during
the fall. Partly because Tim (who is the Bicycle Co-ordinator for the City of
Davis) asked us all to wear helmets as his job expects him to set a good example
to others, but also because I am in the habit of always wearing a helmet when I
ride. The vast majority of my riding these days in Muniing on trails. While
Muniing and riding my Coker I always wear helmet, knee pads and wrist guards. I
have taken a couple similar falls on the trails and several falls that were much
harder. Had I not been wearing wrist guards for those falls I probably would
have broken something sooner. If I had been wearing the wrist guards in the
parade I don’t think I would have sustained as serious an injury. The sad part
is that I had knee pads and wrist guards in my car, ready for the afternoon
trail ride I had hoped to take with the group after the parade. It wasn’t that I
made a conscious decision not to wear them. I just didn’t consider it. Needless
to say the wrist guards will be part of my riding gear from not on.

The Doctor warned against unicycling with a long-arm cast (from hand to upper
biceps with 90 degree bend at elbow) as a similar fall would put pressure
directly on the humerus at the top of the cast with a lot of leverage and
probably break that bone. I have been filling the training gaps to maintain some
fitness with running (which I used to enjoy but now hate) and riding on a
stationery bicycle (which is God awful). I really miss my daily ride and can’t
wait to get this cast off and get back on to my Muni. If nothing else I have
confirmed to myself that I am a true unicyclist.

All the best,

John Hooten

RE: Injury

> When I attempted to take my foot off the pedal and step down my foot seemed to
> be stuck to the pedal.

Sorry to hear about your injury… how did your foot get stuck to the pedal?

-Rick

Re: Injury

I’m very sorry to learn about your injury John. But every cloud has its silver
lining. You have now completed the initiation for entry into the elite group of
unicyclists known as: Hotdogs Unicycling Rough Terrain–or HURT.

We used to be a secret society–like Bones at Yale–but we broke with them.

I joined with a simple broken arm. Bill Hughes gained entry with a more complex
wrist fracture, and now you fall into our midst.

Perhaps we need our own logo for our Roach carrying cases? Roach’s motto is,
“You can’t kill a Roach”–but maybe you can HURT one?

I’m tempted to welcome Kris Holm into our elite corpse, but I don’t think that a
broken wrist guard quite makes it. If you can fix it with a couple of
Ibuprofens, then you aren’t truly HURT.

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Injury

Rick Bissell wrote:

> > When I attempted to take my foot off the pedal and step down my foot seemed
> > to be stuck to the pedal.
>
> Sorry to hear about your injury… how did your foot get stuck to the pedal?
>
> -Rick

I wish I knew. I think the pedal was a bit higher than I anticipated and I
didn’t lift my foot enough. It probably isn’t the type of mistake John Foss
would make, but then, I’m not Jofn Foss.

Hooten

Re: Injury

David,

I am honored.

John Hooten

Maxfield D wrote:

> I’m very sorry to learn about your injury John. But every cloud has its silver
> lining. You have now completed the initiation for entry into the elite group
> of unicyclists known as: Hotdogs Unicycling Rough Terrain–or HURT.
>
> We used to be a secret society–like Bones at Yale–but we broke with them.
>
> I joined with a simple broken arm. Bill Hughes gained entry with a more
> complex wrist fracture, and now you fall into our midst.
>
> Perhaps we need our own logo for our Roach carrying cases? Roach’s motto is,
> “You can’t kill a Roach”–but maybe you can HURT one?
>
> I’m tempted to welcome Kris Holm into our elite corpse, but I don’t think that
> a broken wrist guard quite makes it. If you can fix it with a couple of
> Ibuprofens, then you aren’t truly HURT.
>
> David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Injury

Maxfield D <maxfieldd@aol.com> wrote:
: I’m very sorry to learn about your injury John. But every cloud has its silver
: lining. You have now completed the initiation for entry into the elite group
: of unicyclists known as: Hotdogs Unicycling Rough Terrain–or HURT. We used to
: be a secret society–like Bones at Yale–but we broke with them. I joined with
: a simple broken arm. Bill Hughes gained entry with a more complex wrist
: fracture, and now you fall into our midst.

I’d like to nominate Roger Davis for membership, following his broken wrist on
the MS ride last year, roger wondered around with a broken wrist for weeks
before it was put in a cast, failed to heel and eventully needed surgury to pin
it all together again.

Do you think you’ll have him…

sarah

Re: Injury

I fractured my tailbone once after a nasty backwards fall. Couldn’t sit down
comfortably for a long time. Can I join the club?

Wayne van Wijk

----- Original Message ----- From: “Maxfield D” <maxfieldd@aol.com> To:
<unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Thursday, 4 May 2000 1:11 Subject: Re: Injury

> I’m very sorry to learn about your injury John. But every cloud has its
silver
> lining. You have now completed the initiation for entry into the elite
group of
> unicyclists known as: Hotdogs Unicycling Rough Terrain–or HURT.
>
> We used to be a secret society–like Bones at Yale–but we broke with
them.
>
> I joined with a simple broken arm. Bill Hughes gained entry with a more
complex
> wrist fracture, and now you fall into our midst.
>
> Perhaps we need our own logo for our Roach carrying cases? Roach’s motto
is,
> “You can’t kill a Roach”–but maybe you can HURT one?
>
> I’m tempted to welcome Kris Holm into our elite corpse, but I don’t think
that
> a broken wrist guard quite makes it. If you can fix it with a couple of
> Ibuprofens, then you aren’t truly HURT.
>
> David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Injury

Wow!!! Our membership in HURT is swelling faster than a… (insert injured body
part here).

We might have to organize a HURT unicycle meet. Maybe on couches in front of a
big screen TV where we could screen Kris Holm, George Peck, and Scott Bridgman
movies. I hear that Dan Heaton is coming out with an off-road movie soon. Can we
expect a lot of Trials stuff from you and Adam?

I hate to welcome people to become HURT. I want to emphasize that we are NOT an
intentional community. Nothing we do is on purpose. Having made my
disclaimer…

Welcome! Drop in any time!

David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Injury

David Maxfield wrote:

> Welcome! Drop in any time!

I have a better club motto…

Welcome! Fall off any time!

Re: Injury

I fractured my scafoid during the Minnesota ride will that give me entry
to the club?

Roger

----- Original Message ----- From: “Wayne van Wijk” <wvanwijk@gil.com.au> To:
“unicycle mail list” <unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2000
11:29 PM Subject: Re: Injury

> I fractured my tailbone once after a nasty backwards fall. Couldn’t sit
down
> comfortably for a long time. Can I join the club?
>
> Wayne van Wijk
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: “Maxfield D” <maxfieldd@aol.com> To:
> <unicycling@winternet.com> Sent: Thursday, 4 May 2000 1:11 Subject: Re: Injury
>
>
> > I’m very sorry to learn about your injury John. But every cloud has its
> silver
> > lining. You have now completed the initiation for entry into the elite
> group of
> > unicyclists known as: Hotdogs Unicycling Rough Terrain–or HURT.
> >
> > We used to be a secret society–like Bones at Yale–but we broke with
> them.
> >
> > I joined with a simple broken arm. Bill Hughes gained entry with a more
> complex
> > wrist fracture, and now you fall into our midst.
> >
> > Perhaps we need our own logo for our Roach carrying cases? Roach’s motto
> is,
> > “You can’t kill a Roach”–but maybe you can HURT one?
> >
> > I’m tempted to welcome Kris Holm into our elite corpse, but I don’t
think
> that
> > a broken wrist guard quite makes it. If you can fix it with a couple of
> > Ibuprofens, then you aren’t truly HURT.
> >
> > David Maxfield Bainbridge Island, WA