The other day I had one of the worst mountain bike accidents I have ever had. Read all about it in this article.
Have you ever been in an outdoor sports-related accident?
I had a massive stack of mountain biking a few weeks ago… and there were a few lessons I learned from it.
Continue reading to find out exactly what they were and how you can use them to avoid getting injured yourself.
My accident occurred from a jump. Something I am not trained in doing.
Furthermore, there was no reason for me to attempt the jump other than the thrill of it. This is a perfect example of unnecessary risk.
In the Survival Fitness Plan, we focus on the important aspects of mountain biking that are useful in escaping your enemy. It is not recommended to take unnecessary risks, especially in training.
Trying new things comes naturally to those who enjoy new experiences and challenges.
I am one of those people.
Unfortunately, I hadn't ridden a mountain bike in a long time and was definitely pushing my limits. Furthermore, I have NEVER tried jumps before (which I should not have done).
It is far better to train for it first and be educated about what you are trying to accomplish rather than doing it without understanding how.
Remember to always go with a friend when doing potentially dangerous activities.
Some people prefer to do things alone, but if you go on an adventure and get harmed or injured, no one will be there to help you.
Luckily, in this particular case, I was with other people. Perhaps I took a bit more risk since I knew someone would provide a helping hand if anything went wrong.
I'm grateful that they were able to assist me and that we had had wilderness first aid training so they could provide appropriate care until I got to the hospital.
In conclusion, taking unnecessary risks might end in severe injury, and I was lucky that nothing serious happened in the long term from that accident.
To learn how to properly advance your mountain bike riding skills, check out 'A Complete Introduction to Mountain Riding'.
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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.
He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.
As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others.
These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan.
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