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Old 12-18-2012, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ever had an injury or crash that made you consider quitting?

I caught an edge today going REALLY fast and landed very awkwardly on my face with my spine taking the force of the fall and making a huge cracking sound. I did not move for 10 minutes after the fall.

I remember the excruciating pain shooting up my spine and not feeling anything beneath my waist for a split second. I laid there praying that I wasn't paralyzed and tried to wiggle my toes( just like kill bill, yes i know) and luckily they moved. After ten minutes I made my way down slowly and went home.

During those ten minutes of not being able to get up, I thought about my job, which requires me to me mobile and physical, and having to quit and spending my life with a cane or something. Then when I was able to get up I thought about maybe quitting. The chance of getting permanently injured just isn't worth it. Losing job, quality of life, and whatnot.

What about you guys?
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nope. if i got paralyzed i'd ride a sit-ski.

sounds like you might have been riding above your ability level... maybe dial it back a bit. did you even get injured or just scared?
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nope. Not even once. The only crash that could make me quit would be one that kills me.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey man, glad to hear you are ok. I had a couple spills like that and one particularly that really made me consider if this sport was for worth it or not.
I was at Hunter 2 years ago and I decided to take one more run after it started getting icey. I didn't catch an edge but couldn't stop on a turn off the Belt Parkway and slammed head first into the wall on a curve. I was going pretty fast and couldn't stop. I saw my life blink in front of me as I was headed for that wall.

As I was pinned up against that wall with my feet up in the air (while in agonizing pain) I started to think about life and my future. Is this shit worth it? Why the eff am I doing this? I'm too old and fat for this sport....etc. Just a lot of negative thoughts came to my mind. It took me about 20 minutes to gather myself and make my way out of there. I slowly made my way down the mountain and back to the bar to meet up with friends.

This was the first day of a 2 day trip with my buddies. I was walking with a limp, had bruises all over my body and one nasty headache. I really did not want to go back out on that mountain the next day.

After breakfast the next morning I wasn't sure about what I wanted to do. Sit in the lobby while all of my friends were out on that mountain or go back on that mountain and give it another shot? I said fuck it. I paid all this money for this and I'm not going to sit around while my buddies are having a good time. I went back out there and I was fine within a half hour.

I realized a few things about snowboarding. Try to ride with a few buddies. I was alone when I crashed but if something bad were to have happened I want someone looking for me. Try to avoid crappy/icy conditions. Don't over do it. If you feel like you got a lot of runs in for the day and are pretty tired then call it a day. That one extra run could get you hurt. Wear lots of protection like knee pads, elbow pads, crash pads, and possibly a full body armor. I have all of that shit. I am not taking any chances.

I would recommend that you take a day or two to think about it. If you feel it is too dangerous and not worth it then just walk away from it for a while. This is a dangerous sport and could be life threatening. There are more important things in this world other than snowboarding.

Good luck.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, sure. Thought about it in the beginning. But usually after second or third surgery these thoughts go away.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nope never considered quitting from a crash.

I know some of us, including myself already have lasting injuries but I don't regret any one of them and I'm willing to feel it again to keep riding. I guess it's just an individual thing though, personally I'd rather be out there doing it and taking chances than live a life of what ifs. I don't have a family/kids to support, and I can understand how that could change a persons mindset on things. Every time I've had a really bad slam with injuries the first thing on my mind and the first thing I want to do is get back out there and do it right the next time but there's nothing wrong with another person having second thoughts. To each their own.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Nope, never considered quitting.

However, I think that first big major crash changes things for a lot of people. If it happens to you, things suddenly become a lot more serious when it comes to being smart and taking care of yourself.

Before my first big injury I never hit the gym and I took a lot of risks that I didn't need to take.

After my first surgery I started working on regularly and I try to be smarter about which risks I take and how I can limit my risk while learning.

If you love snowboarding, the big crashes and injuries won't stop you, instead they'll make you a smarter, safer rider.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've experienced some very close calls, mostly near death - only one comes to mind where I thought for a bit that I might be paralyzed. The near death ones made me appreciate my hobbies all the more (this sensation is short lived, as I quickly become complacent again), the one where I thought I may be paralyzed made me hope that my loved ones would pull the plug if they had the opportunity (I thought I might have been paralyzed from the neck down). What has changed is that I am now willing to push myself all the more while I have little concern or worries, to live with very little or no fear unconquered. If I have children however, I plan on toning it down quite a bit, for I am a product of a parent who was far more concerned with aspirations than parenthood. I won't follow that same path. So while I'm independent without dependents, ride on.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Op, that sounds like a real nasty fall. I pray I never have a fall like that.

My only major fall was when I'd been riding about 4 weeks in total. Was up the top of Lake Louise trying to keep up with a mate who was more skilled than I on a really icy section. Not off the top of the gondola, the lift to the skiers right, can't remember what it's called. Anyway, I was on my toe edge and managed to clip his board at a decent speed and managed to slam my head into the ice. (Wasn't wearing a helmet) for a split second I thought my days of riding were over. My mate suggested we go to the lodge and grab a band aid. I realised when riding down that wouldn't be enough as blood was streaming down my jacket. Got stitches that arvo, bought a helmet and was back into it the next day. Nasty black eye for the rest of my trip tho.

I'm always really fearful of taking a fall that ends my days of snowboarding. I guess that's why I'm not big on park. I think i'd rather take a fall that kills me, than to never be able to ride again.
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