The Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital reports that the number of mountain bike-related injuries decreased 56 percent over the 14-year study period (1994 to 2007). The report findings claim ER visits due to a mountain biking related mishaps fell from more than 23,000 injuries in 1995 to just over 10,000 injuries in 2007. You can read more on the report by clicking here.
"The large decline we found in mountain bike-related injuries is likely due to a combination of factors," said Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. While some of the decline may be explained by a decrease in the number of people riding mountain bikes, there have also been a number of improvements to the bicycle design, such as disc brakes and dual-suspension systems, that give the rider greater control of the bike and may help to reduce the incidence of injuries."
The report caught the MBA
wrecking crew by surprise because a quick survey found that we are crashing more than ever. "The report shows a troubling trend of riders not taking enough risks," said a rider who is on a first name basis with the admitting personnel of his local emergency room. "I'm confident that we can get our numbers back up but it will take a concerted effort from many riders to throw caution to the wind and take more chances."
One of the wrecking crew doing his part to get our numbers back up.
The KHS rider walked away from this gnarly bike tosser.